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Mary Frances Lantry Howes, 84, Of Darien

Mary Frances Lantry Howes
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DARIEN, Conn. – Mary Frances Lantry Howes, 84, a longtime Darien resident, died Jan. 30.

Howes was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, which had the closest hospital to her home town of Helena, N.Y. She was the daughter of Barnaby G. and Elizabeth Lantry. Howes graduated high school at 15 years of age from St. Joseph's Academy in Malone, NY. She then went on to The College of New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated at age 19 with a bachelor's degree in social science. She received a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport and attended the Fairfield University for guidance and counseling certification and was working toward her doctorate.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Roger Carrington Howes. They lived in New Rochelle with Roger's parents before moving to Stamford in 1957. In 1966, they moved to Darien. Howes was an elementary school teacher at Westover, Willard and Belltown schools and a guidance counselor at Rippowam High School. She established and coordinated an executive internship program for the Stamford Public Schools, which entailed working with students at the three high schools to assist them in finding career-related jobs. She also worked with community organizations and corporations as resources for the school and was involved in administering a Board of Education state-funded after-school work program.

In her earlier years, she enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and in recent years enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.

She is survived by her two sons, Mark K. Howes and wife, Karen L. Howes, of Nunda, N.Y.; Scott W. Howes and wife, Pamela Maestri-Howes, of Easton; two grandchildren; and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. at Union Memorial Church, 58 Church St., Stamford. Burial will be private.

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