The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 22, 2012

Obituaries - Saturday, September 22, 2012


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Sibray Howard

MOUNT HOPE — Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Sibray Howard, 86, of Mount Hope, died on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her home.

Born November 27, 1925, at Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Dorothy Irene Schaub Sibray.

She graduated from Rivesville High School in Fairmont where she was salutatorian of her class and a graduate of West Virginia University.

Mrs. Howard was a Fayette County school teacher having retired from Mount Hope Middle School.

Mrs. Howard was a member of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a member of the Mount Hope Federated League, Fayette Study Club, Delta Gamma Sorority at WVU and was an avid Bridge player.

The Howard family would like to thank Misty Hall, Sarah Acord, and Wanda Ball for their wonderful care.

Three brothers, Bill Sibray, John Sibray, and Richard Sibray, and a sister, Caroline Probst, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, of 64 years, Thomas W. “Tom” Howard, daughter, Linda Howard Brown and husband, Steve, of Mount Hope, two sons, Dr. Thomas W. Howard II and wife, Jan, of Hurricane, and Charles Howard and wife, Lorna Waddell, of Morgantown, six grandchildren, Dr. Thomas W. Howard III, Dr. Alex Howard, Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard, and Charley Howard, two brothers, James Sibray of Beckley and Tom Sibray of Valparaiso, Ind., and two sisters, DeeDee Zotcavage of Millersville, Md., and Phronsie Blankenship of Virginia.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church with Pastor Beth Stone officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.

Grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main Street, Mount Hope, WV 25880, or the Greater Mount Hope Community Fund, Inc., 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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