Lenore Howard, 82, of Williamsburg, passed away following a long illness Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Family will meet with friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

Memorial services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the church.

Inurnment Mt. Hope Cemetery, Williamsburg.

Osa Lenore was born Thursday, Aug. 1, 1935, in Ottawa, Kansas. She was the youngest of five children born to Silas Adam Veix and Edith Catherine (Caleb) Veix.

She was a graduate from Ottawa High School with the class of 1953. She also attended Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas.

In 1972, Lenore married Donald “Bus” Howard and they were together until his death on Sept. 28, 2001.

She worked as a hospital nurse’s aide before becoming a stay-at-home mother and housewife. After her marriage to Bus Howard she worked at the Iowa Beef Processing Plant in Emporia, while they maintained a ranch in Strong City, Kansas. They moved to Bonner Springs for several years where she became a very proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Following her retirement, she moved to Williamsburg to continue her love of raising horses and cattle that she called “her pets” until her death. While living in Williamsburg, she was an active member of the United Methodist Church.

Lenore loved to fish and was especially fond of her irises and beautiful peonies.

Lenore is survived by a son, Michael “Mick” Melvin of Iola; four daughters, Julie Fox of Vassar, Susan Wilkinson of rural Princeton, Carol Jones of Williamsburg, and Kathy Arnold of Gardner; two stepsons, Rick Howard of Williamsburg and Mike Howard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; stepdaughter, Karen Howard Rodriguez of Dallas, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Silas Adam and Edith Catherine Veix; three brothers, U.S. Air Force Capt. George L. Veix, Raymond A. Veix and Edwin B. Veix; and sister, Zelda Veix Marks. All were members of the Munsee-Delaware Indian Nation in Ottawa, Kansas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Williamsburg United Methodist Church c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Lenore’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com