Vernice L. “Bunny” Howard, age 90 of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson.

She was born July 4, 1925 in Advance, MO, daughter of Emanuel and Verda Norman Musgraves. She and Vincent Lee “Wink” Howard were married October 12, 1946. He preceded her in death October 2, 1991.

Bunny was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church near Fruitland. She was a former public school teacher and worked on the family farm. She also loved her family very much.

Loving survivors include a son, Mark (Susan) Howard of Jackson; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Tyler Howard of Jackson; and a brother Ferral Musgraves of Marshall, MO.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister.

.           Friends may call Sunday, December 27th, from 12 pm til 2 pm at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be Sunday 2 pm at the funeral home with the Pastor Greg King officiating.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Pamela Deneke

    Your mother/grandmother touched my soul, like so may other people I’m sure. I got to know your mother at Jackson Manor while supervising some students involved in a work experience program. We sang sometimes, “You are my sunshine” and othet church songs, sometimes bringing tears to both our eyes. We ate chocolate cake together as often as we could :). I left brownies for her over the weekends. She told me about her son and grandchildren, her husband, who, according to her, visited her regularly and how much she despised Parkinsons. She asked me several times to look up information about Parkinsons on my phone and to read it to her. We both agreed that “Parkinsons sucks”. She loved that, I too, am a teacher and we talked about all the children we have come across in our lives. She was a beautiful woman with a very caring soul. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say goodbye but am comforted knowing she is free from her body and this Earth and is walking once again with her adored husband. God bless and keep you. Your mom touched my soul. – Pam Deneke

  2. Mark and Susan,
    We were so sorry to hear about your loss and hated to miss the service yesterday, but had a previous commitment. May the memories you hold dear in your heart bring healing and peace to your soul. God bless you and yours.

    Mary Ruth and Jim

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