Mary Jane Howard

Mary Jane Howard. Courtesy photo.

Mary Jane Howard
Oct. 12, 1958 — July 10, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Mary Jane Howard was called home to heaven on July 10, 2021, after a 23-year-long battle with cancer. She now sits with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom she loved so dearly.

Mary Jane was born on Oct. 12, 1958, in Salinas, California, and was the fourth of five children born to Joe and Anita Doris.

She married the love of her life, Don, in 1980, with whom she had three beautiful children.

Some of Mary Jane’s greatest joys in life were being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Mary Jane had a special love for children and the elderly. Of all the jobs that she worked in her life, her favorite was as a special needs paraeducator for the Lakeport Unified School District, where she worked for 17 years. She made it her mission to try and reach every student she worked with, and loved seeing her students grow up in the community.

Mary Jane attended Grace Church in Kelseyville for over 25 years, and was a faithful servant in ministry. She worked in AWANA for 13 years, started the Angels of Grace ministry to help care for and comfort the elderly, and was a Bible study leader.

She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Mary Jane is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Don; three children, Jennifer (Aaron), Steven (Heidi) and Danielle (Guillermo); five grandchildren, Gabriel, Hanna, Landon, Maeve and Elias; mother-in-law, Dovie; siblings, John (Vera), Cathy (Jess), David (Tina) and Cindy (Chuck); sisters-in-law, Robin and Molly; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will be held on Monday, July 19, at 1 p.m. at Grace Church, 6716 Live Oak Drive Kelseyville.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit