Mildred Stafford Howes
April 2, 1926- September 5, 2021
Mildred Stafford Howes, 95, of Dunkirk passed away peacefully at her home on RiverLand Farm, September 5, 2021.
She attended Prince Frederick Elementary School and graduated from Calvert High School, Class of 1943. She then attended and graduated from Baltimore Business College. She was hired and remained employed at Aberdeen Proving Ground until the war was almost over at which time, she put in a transfer to U.S.N.M.T. Station in Solomons to be closer to home. She was then employed as a Secretary to the Commander.
Mildred met her future husband, Charles Thomas Howes, Sr. on a blind date arranged by friends from Smithville UM Church. They were later married on October 11, 1947 at Wesley Methodist Church in Prince Frederick after Charles returned home from serving 3 years active duty in the Army. They rented a house in Prince Frederick from her brother while their home was being built on the Howes Family Farm, now known as RiverLand Farm.
Family was the most important thing in Mildred’s life. She enjoyed spending time with the family and playing with her “precious gems”. She loved cooking, working in her flower garden, playing cards, dancing and making new friends.
Mildred became a member of Smithville United Methodist Church after moving to Dunkirk. She served as a Secretary of the UMW and was the oldest living member, worked with Vacation Bible School, and was treasurer of the church and Sunday School for several years. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and also a member of the original Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department “Dunkirk Fund Raising” ladies auxiliary which started in 1981 and served as their first secretary.
Mildred is survived by her children, Charles T. Howes, Jr. (Susan), Marlena Lopez (Rick), Kathie Sealey (Marty) and James Melvin Howes all of Dunkirk. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Charles Thomas Howes, III (Heather) of Dunkirk, Carolyn Howes of North Carolina, Toby Sealey (Kristin) of Huntingtown, Cory Sealey of New York, Jody Sealey (Nicole) of Huntingtown and Albert Lopez (fiancé Brittany) of Florida, fourteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; Christopher Howes, Justin Howes, Jacob Howes, Shelby Howes, Gabby Howes, Leyna Vallejos, Silas Vallejos and Halle Vallejos, Alyssa Sealey, Blake Sealey, Jace Cameron Sealey, Abigail Sealey, Jameson Sealey and Jaxson Sealey.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Charles T. Howes, Sr. her parents; Louis and Lena Stafford and stepmother Bessie Carroll Stafford, brother Melvin Stafford, and son, Baby Boy Howes.
Pallbearers for Mildred will be her six grandchildren.
Thank you to Calvert Hospice for providing support and services during mom’s transition; a special thanks to her personal caregivers, Heather, Anna, Kaz (lil momma), Marilyn, Catrina, Weasy, and Vesta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smithville United Methodist Church, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department or Calvert Hospice.
The visitation and service will be held at Smithville United Methodist Church. Masks will be required while in the church.