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Lawrence George Martin

04/17/1927 ~ 01/17/2019

Services will be held: 01/22/2019

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David “Jack” Shuttleworth

10/18/1933 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held:

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Leona “Lee” Ball Timm

12/12/1930 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held: 01/18/2019

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Fulton Cooper

06/12/1927 ~ 01/13/2019

Services will be held: 01/17/2019

Howard Stephens

Howard Ray Stephens

09/07/1938 ~ 01/10/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

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Gregory Eugene “Greg” Ziles

09/11/1953 ~ 01/09/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

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Melinda Pleasant Earp Nava-Rios

04/10/1968 ~ 01/05/2019

Services will be held: 01/12/2019


Norman “Scott” Bartrom

10/16/1961 ~ 12/13/2018

Services will be held: 01/10/2019

Ann Laura Firminger Howard

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03/20/1945 ~ 05/14/2018

The family will receive friends at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Raleigh, NC on Friday May 18, 2018 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm prior to a graveside service at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh, NC.
Ann is survived by her sisters Carol J. Feeney and Barbara Firminger and by her husband of 50 years Kenneth L. Howard, Jr. She was preceeded in death by her parents Dr, Harlan I. Firminger and Mrs. Jane H. Firminger.
Ann was a graduate of Friends School of Baltimore and Boston-Bouve College of Tufts and Northeastern Universities in 1967. Following graduation she married her husband Ken, and they embarked upon a life of discovery and fulfillment of their dreams.
Ann began a career in teaching in Orinda, CA while Ken finished his doctorate. In the ensuing years they moved to Butte, MT, Yerington, NV, Missoula, MT, Reno, NV, Osbourne, ID, Franktown, CO and finally to Raleigh, NC where they resided for the past 27 years. Through various moves, she changed careers and applied her artistic talent to become an accomplished geologic draftsman for mining and oil companies and as part of the business that she and Ken founded in 1986 to mine gold and sapphires.
Despite her small size (4 feet 11 1/8 inches) Ann was an accomplished horsewoman based on her teenage association with the Humane Society in Reisterstown, MD and dreamed of having her own horses. She fulfilled that dream in her years in Nevada and Colorado riding English pleasure and jumping horses in many competitions. Her husband shared her passion and showed in Western riding events. Together they shared their horses and travelled together throughout the Western United States and Canada as part of their professional careers.
Despite a serious brain injury in a horseback riding accident, Ann recovered and rehabilitated to ride again. She gave up riding upon moving to Raleigh after the death of her beloved jumping horse and focused her efforts on supporting Ken’s careers in environmental sciences and college teaching. She focused her life on her home, gardens, and yard, but never lost her gift for working with animals. Often strays sought her out and she adopted and cherished them.
In 1994 she suffered a series of strokes sparked by a tumor in her heart. She survived open heart surgery and months of rehabilitation to once again live a productive and fulfilling life with numerous trips and joint projects with Ken. Despite her many physical and mental setbacks, her personality and smile remained infectious to the end. She will be remembered for her many talents and skills, and as a companion and helpmate.
Ann was truly blessed to have reached for and attained her “impossible dreams.” On Monday last, she gave her “last ounce of courage” to reach the “unreachable star.”
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Ann to the Humane Society of the United States.
To contribute via the website (www.humanesociety.org) click on “Ways to Give” and “Make a Memorial Donation”
To contribute by mail, please send a personal check or money order made payable to The HSUS to:

The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20037



12:30pm - 2:30pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC



3:00 pm

Graveside Service
Montlawn Memorial Park 2911 S. Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC


  1. Sharon Welker

    Ken and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your beautiful tribute for Ann shares her vibrant and loving life. Prayers for strength and comfort.
    With care and concern, Sharon

  2. Stephanie Rollins

    Ken- I hope all the wonderful memories of adventure and love with your wife bring you strength and comfort during the days to come. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy- Stephanie

  3. Nilsa

    To the family and friends.  Please accept my condolences,  it is a very sad occasion when we lose loved ones.  We look forward to a future where death and  sorrow will be no more as promised in (Revelation 21:4).To the family and friends.  Please accept my condolences,  it is a very sad occasion when we lose loved ones.  We look forward to a future where death and  sorrow will be no more as promised in (Revelation 21:4).

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