Mrs. Amy Jean Moats Howarth, 59, a resident of 121 Row Ave. in Junior, departed this life Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2013, at her residence. She had been in declining health for the past four years, and lost her battle with inflammatory breast cancer.
Amy was born Sept. 15, 1954, at Fort Knox, Ky., a daughter of the late Carl Ellis “Pinky” and Mary Elizabeth (Row) Moats with whom Amy made her home.
She was united in marriage to the late Fred J. Howarth III, whose life was unexpectedly taken during an armed robbery attempt while they were delivering the Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspapers in Augusta, Ga., in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day in 1983.
Mrs. Howarth is survived by two sisters, Susie Moats and fiance, Dennis Allen ,of Junior and Stacie and husband,, Mark Mullenax of Coraopolis, Pa.; one brother, Mark and wife, June Moats, of Martinez, Ga.; two nieces, Leah Mullenax and companion, Brian Wilson, and great-niece, Arya Elizabeth of Pittsburgh, Pa,; niece, Amanda and husband, James ‘Bo’ Johnson, and great-nephew Drew of Harlem, Ga.; and three nephews, Jonathan Lawson of Augusta, Ga., Andy and wife, Rachel Moats, and great-niece, Lila Grey, and great-nephew, Wyatt, of Evans, Ga.; Zachary and wife, Danelle Mullenax, of McKees Rocks, Pa. Also surviving is her companion, Orville “Bub” Skinner of Mabie, who was by her side throughout her cancer treatments and was at her bedside when she passed.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one sister, Carla June Lawson; and one brother, Ellis A. Moats.
Mrs. Howarth graduated from Butler High School in Augusta, Ga., with the class of 1972 and attended Augusta State College studying elementary education. She was last employed at Walmart as a sales associate before becoming a caregiver for her mother. She was a newspaper carrier for 25 years with the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in Augusta and Martinez, Ga. before coming to Junior. Amy was a follower of Jesus and loved reading and studying the Bible. She loved taking care of her mother and her feline companions. She loved to read and watch the home shopping networks and QVC, felt that they were her round-the-clock friends. She knew the history of every host. She began watching after losing her husband and didn’t feel like she was alone with the TV turned to it all the time. Everyone that knew Amy found her to have the kindest, sweetest and most gentle nature. She will truly inherit the earth as she had the meekest and most compassionate spirit to man and animal alike.
Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home, 210 Brandenburg St. in Belington from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, when final rites will then be conducted from the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jimmie E. Tallman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Research Center or any other breast cancer research of your choosing. Interment will follow in the Fraternal Cemetery near Belington.
Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Amy Jean Moats Howarth. Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.