Evelyn K. Howard, 87, was born in Los Angeles to Charles and Olivia Kolb. She attended schools in California, Maine and Colorado and graduated from Shelton Academy in Shelton, Neb. Returning to Los Angeles, Evelyn worked at a war plant, Consolidated Steel. That is when she began corresponding with a pen pal, Manuel Howard, an Air Forces tech sergeant stationed in the South Pacific. Evelyn and Manny were married in 1944 and subsequently Manny was transferred to the base in Walla Walla where Evelyn and Manny lived while completing his second tour of duty.
After the war, they remained in Walla Walla. In 1952, they moved to a small farm outside of town where they lived for the next 40 years raising their three daughters, Jeanette, Joanne and Anita. She and Manny started a chicken farm with 4,000 chickens. They sold the eggs to the local supermarkets. When the chickens were gone, Evelyn began her career in 1963 at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as a typesetter-operator and proofreader. She enjoyed her work and her co-workers at the newspaper for 22 years, retiring in 1985.
In her retirement years, Evelyn enjoyed gardening and helping Manny to make homemade wine with the grapes from their vineyard. For fun, she and Manny and their friends took trips to Reno, Nev. Later in life, Evelyn spent time at the Oregon coast where she loved to sit and look at the ocean and walk on the sandy beach.
After Manny died in 1997, Evelyn moved to the Tri-Cities to be closer to her daughters and their families.
Evelyn is survived by her three daughters, Jeanette Phelps (husband David) of Tigard, Ore., Joanne Savely (husband Bill) of Richland and Anita Kucera (husband Jerry) also of Richland; granddaughter, Stacy Johnston; grandsons, Robert Phelps, Steven Phelps and Dana Durand; seven great-grandchildren, Colton, Cameron, Jessica, Ashey, Austin, Layla and Jasmine; and three great-great grandchildren, Jaden, Mattie and Connor. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Manny; her parents; and her brothers, Kenneth Kolb and Leland Kolb, both of California.
No service will be held - Evelyn wouldn't like that. The family invites you to post your thoughts and memories of Evelyn at the online guestbook available through the Life Tributes Cremation Center, website www.lifetributescenter.com.