Sherry Lou Gould Howell
January 22, 1945 – June 7, 2023
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
Sherry Howell, 78, who resided in Houston, Texas, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
Sherry was born on January 22, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama, the sixth of seven children, to loving parents Margaret Alice “MA” Hollcraft Gould and George Horatio Gould. She was proud to have attended Barton Academy for middle school, https://www.bartonacademy.org and to have graduated in 1963 from Murphy High School https://www.mhspanthers.com ; both are historical landmarks in Mobile. She was married to the late William “Bill” Wright Howell Jr., of Houston, Texas, and due to his choice, they were divorced after only a few years of marriage.
In the early 1970’s through the 1980’s she was in the Choir at Evangelistic Temple. She loved to sing to the Lord. During the 1990’s she became a member of Second Baptist Church on Woodway, and in 1995 she joined their Choir. In a Christmas card from that year she wrote, “it has always been a thrill for me to sing with so many wonderful voices that their talent drowns out my lack of it. I have also made new friends and have even been in a Christmas musical production (even had a bit part as a gossip from the Norman Rockwell painting... and, NO, it wasn’t type-casting!). She loved to see live plays and for many years she was proud to be a member of the AD Players Guild. She also enjoyed being a member of some Sunday school classes; Clift Notes, Beholding His Glory, and TLC.
Sherry always worked. She worked for Humble Oil, Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), Spring Branch Hospital, Continental Airlines (as a temporary employee), misc. temporary jobs, and was able to regain full-time employment and retire from Houston Community College System (HCC).
It was important to her to volunteer her time to her community. She was a Civic Club officer, Garden Club officer, and she volunteered many times at the organization called Boys and Girls Country located in Hockley TX. She was impressed by how each child’s needs, and special wants, were always met. The children were able to be part of a family, in a Christian home, with a mother and father in each cottage. Each child could learn anything they were interested in, such as learning to play the piano, and everyone had a job, within their skill set, to contribute to their campus life.
Sherry was the last of her immediate family, siblings, to pass from this earthly life, and step into Heaven to rejoice and be reunited with them. To recognize all seven children that MA & George Gould gave birth to, in Mobile, Alabama, their names are noted in birth order. Margaret Georgette Gould McMichael Travelstead (Charles) of Montgomery AL; Vernon Nick Gould (Bea) of Mobile AL; Janice Gould Hanks (Tom) of Mobile AL; stillborn baby girl; Charles “Charlie Boy” Bennett Gould (died at age 2); Sherry Lou Gould Howell of Houston TX; and Randalene “Randie” Marie Gould Motes (Kerry) of Mobile AL.
Sherry leaves behind daughter Allison Monique Howell of Bryan/College Station TX; daughter Adina Howell Akin (Richard), grandson Matthew Richard Akin; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special ‘shirt-tale family’ (those related by marriage), and many dear life-long friends.
A phrase that Sherry would often say was, “I don’t know my future, but I know Who holds my future, so I am in good hands!” Yes, she is definitely in good hands!
The family requests guests to wear something colorful for this is a celebration of Sherry’s life. The Memorial service will be held Friday, July 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., doors open at 10:30am, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston TX 77057, with Pastor Bud Turnage officiating. The Sanctuary, with a steeple, is located on the Southeast area of the campus. Enter from the traffic light at Woodway Drive and Winrock Blvd; open parking. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, TX, https://boysandgirlscountry.org , or AD Players at the George Theater https://www.adplayers.org ,both organizations were near and dear to her heart, or the charity of your choice. Blessings from our family to yours.