We were saddened at the news of the passing of Kathryn Howard while she was visiting family in Alabama, January 25th, 2014.
Kathryn was a dedicated member of the Ypsilanti Historical Society having served in the capacity of both secretary and chair of the Administrative Board. She had been a member of the Board of Directors since 1991.
Kathryn and her husband Lavern acted as consultants in 1971 for the remodeling of the Dow House which became the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
She had a remarkable ability of remembering many of the people who donated items to the museum. Her recollection of the history of these items was a valuable contribution to the Society. Kathryn’s knowledge of glassware, china, linen, and antique furniture was an asset to the museum and will be greatly missed. She had a gift for the placement of furniture and accessories throughout the museum. At Christmas she transformed the mantels and tables into scenes of beauty.
Kathryn’s love of art lead to the creation of the museum annual Art Exhibit for local artists.
The memorial for Kathryn was held on March 8, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church with internment at Oakwood Cemetery in Saline, MI.
Kathryn’s memory will be cherished as well as the collective knowledge she shared with the community.