Katherine Louise (“Weese”) McCrary Howard, age 93, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015 at the Glenaire retirement community in Cary, NC. Born in Wilmington, NC on May 23, 1921 to Robert Emmett McCrary and Marie Boney McCrary, she spent most of her life in New Bern, NC before moving to Cary in 2013. She was employed by the Craven County Department of Social Services for over twenty years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of New Bern for 67 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Howard in 1978. She is survived by her son, E. Cader Howard (Noel) of Cary; grandsons, Reverend E. Cader Howard, Jr. (Cameron) of Stillwater, Minnesota and M. Elliot Howard (Casey) of Apex, NC; and great grandson, Isaac Cader Howard; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Louise was a devout Presbyterian whose Boney and McCrary families somewhat dubiously claimed to have been of that denomination even before it was founded by John Knox. She was blessed with a quiet, but deep faith. She always wore a smile and was completely devoted to her friends and family.
Arrangements are being handled by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the funeral home.
A Celebration of Her Life and Resurrection will be held at the Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian church at 11:00am on Friday, March 13, 2015. A graveside service will be held that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at New Bern Memorial Cemetery in New Bern.
Louise’s family wishes to thank all of the healthcare professionals at Glenaire for the wonderful and loving care she received during her time there.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations to honor her life be made to either Art for Hospice, Inc, P.O. Box 12347, Raleigh, N.C. 27605 or The Presbyterian Homes Foundation, Inc for the benefit of Glenaire, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511.