"Dignity without Compromise"

Irene May Howard

Irene May Howard, resident of Beggs, died Tuesday evening, June 13, 2006 at her home. She was 81 years of age. Irene was born December 28, 1924 in Poteau to John and Willy May (Nelson) Thorn. She married Billy Lee Howard on February 14, 1972. They owned restaurants in Oklahoma City and Okmulgee prior to retiring and having a flea market booth. They lived in Choteau after retiring until moving to Beggs four years ago. She was a member of the Elks Lodge and was raised in the Church of Christ. Irene will be remembered as a very loving person, especially loving her children and was always very forgiving. She was ready to go home and see her family again, including her parents, husband, son, Roger Hickman, a sister and three brothers. Survivors include her daughter, Lorene Hickman of the home, a son, Jimmy Hickman of Tulsa, former husband, Ed Hickman of Locust Grove, ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Friends may visit the funeral home Friday from 9-1 P.M. and a graveside service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Beggs Cemetery with Reverend Dal Newberry officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.