Miriam Martha “Mary” Howard departed this life on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, after a lengthy illness. She was born in New York City on July 13, 1940, to the late Michael and Maria Mercedes Kritzer. A product of the New York City Public School System, she graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1958.
Throughout her life, Mary called many different cities home, including Burbank, California, Danbury, Connecticut, Newark, New Jersey, Seattle, Washington, and Pensacola, Florida. She was a graduate of Pensacola Junior College, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of West Florida in 1979. She put her skills and talents to use with a strong commitment to shaping the lives and minds of young people, working as a substitute teacher in the Escambia County School District, and later as an elementary paraprofessional in the Seattle Public Schools, before retiring in 2002. For many years, she was a beloved volunteer Cub Scout Leader in Pensacola, where, along with her former husband, she was honored by the Gulf Coast Council for opening the doors of Scouting to over 100 boys in a single year. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola.
Mary is predeceased by her parents, and her sister, the late Barbara Prasad.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband, Ronald Howard of Pensacola; two sons, John A. (Melia) Adams of Pensacola, and Norman M. Adams of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Beverly (Arthur) Olsen of Arlington Heights, Illinois; five grandchildren, Deandra (Dorian) Adams-Walker of Baltimore, Maryland, Julian and Trevor Adams of West Orange, New Jersey, and Karen and Amanda Olsen of Arlington Heights, Illinois; a great-granddaughter, Zaina Adams-Walker of Baltimore, a loving stepson, Dr. John L. II (Helen) Adams and their two adult children, Arthur and Mia Angela Adams, all of Pensacola, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
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