Ruth Kohler Howerton

Ruth Kohler Howerton

Ruth Kohler Howerton, 98, of Carbondale, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Prairie Living in Carbondale.

She was born in Jonesboro on April 21, 1918, the daughter of Albert and Effie Ury Kohler.

She married Collin Howerton on June 22, 1940, in Jackson, Mo.

She graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1936 and Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education. She taught school for 35 years, with the last 29 at Davie School in Anna. She was a member of the local Retired Teachers Association and Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

She was a member and attended the New Hope Baptist Church regularly until her health failed. She was a loyal Sunday School teacher and worked with Bible School. She and her husband loved to listen to the music of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. For many years they enjoyed camping. She loved to sew, cook and do crewel embroidery, making afghans and word puzzles.

She is survived by her husband of 76 years, Collin Howerton; two sons, Gary (Maxine) Howerton and Kent (Debbie) Howerton, both of Mt. Pleasant area; three grandchildren, Angela Pearson, Lisa Howerton and Gary Scott Howerton; five great-grandchildren, Charity Yates, Meghan Treece, Casey Howerton, Cara Howerton and Ethan Howerton; one great-grandson, Conner Schroeder; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John, Harold, Glen and Victor Kohler; one sister, Sarah Juanita Morgan; two nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Howerton were at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Interment was in the Anna City Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to New Hope Baptist Church.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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