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Born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on Jan. 30, 1923
Departed on May 21, 2013 and resided in Austin, TX.
Graveside: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Cemetery: Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery
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Letajo Adams Howard, January 30, 1923 - May 21, 2013

Letajo Adams Howard, born January 30, 1923 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away peacefully in the early afternoon of May 21, 2013 at Austin, Texas in the company of family. Letajo was the second daughter and third child of Alfred Wallace (AW) Adams and Dot Ewing Adams, both of whom preceded her passing, as did her husband of over 60 years, Ernest Murrell (Ernie) Howard, brother Wallace Ewing Adams, and sisters Wilma Jean Adams Jones and Dorothy Marie Adams Crouch. Letajo is survived by her four children: Mickey Lemerle Lashbrook and her husband Alan, M'Lizabeth Killion, Minka Leverne Chancy, son Montgomery Wallace Howard; eleven grandchildren: Adam Lashbrook; Anne (Killion) Bass, Andrew Killion, and Kyna (Killion) Sanderson; Rebekah (Chancy) Steenbock; Ronnie, Elizabeth and Erin Chancy; Miranda (Howard) Krivacka, Marcelle and Margaret Howard; and five great grandchildren. Letajo studied at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and graduated from East Texas State Teachers College Commerce, Texas. She followed her father into the field of education beginning her career at Caldwell, Texas, where her father was Superintendent; Monahans, Texas, during WWII; Berryville, Arkansas; Fairfax County, Virginia; and Austin, Texas, instructing science, social studies, and investing most of her career as a middle school librarian. She and Ernie went to Liberia, West Africa, where Ernie was in the service of USAID. Their presence enhanced the lives of people there and fostered enduring relationships. She was a positive influence on students and fellow educators, as well as family and friends. Letajo attended the Northwest Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, an association which lasted more than forty years. The Church was important to her and the congregation returned her devotion with support and love. They gave her and her family great comfort and assistance recently as she made her way to eternity. We gave Letajo back to Texas at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio on Saturday, May 25, 2013. She joined Ernie to rest there together. A memorial service was held later in the day in Austin at her church. The family requests that memorial donations should be given to the Northwest Church of Christ. Her family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus at Spicewood Springs and Renaissance-Austin, assisted living facilities, and Seton Medical Center for their thoughtful care of Letajo as she made her way through the end of her days. Letajo was a daughter, sister, wife, educator, mother, but took her greatest joy and satisfaction in being a loving grandmother. Her life will be celebrated and her presence missed.

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