A memorial service for Barbara Lewis Howard, 87, an accomplished musician, naturalist and devotee of the arts, will be held at 11 a.m. today in St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church, Colonial Circle.
She died Wednesday (March 22, 1995) in her Buffalo home following a lengthy illness.
After attending Elmwood School and Buffalo Seminary, she attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia before transfering to Radcliffe College where she graduated summa cum laude in music.
She then returned to Buffalo, where she married Douglas Howard.
During World War II, she worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross at various city hospitals.
She was an active member of music groups in Buffalo and later took up the cello. She also taught piano.
She was a member of local master artist Harold Olmstead's painting group, and her works were exhibited. She also was a member of local poet Anne Goldsmith's poetry workshop, and her poems were published.
A nature lover who was especially interested in birds, she co-founded the Monday Morning Hikers Club and was a member of the Buffalo Ornithological Society.
She also was a member of the Garret Club where her poems and paintings were exhibited and the Saturn Club where she was a member of the bowling team.
She also was a member of the Clarksburg Country Club in Eden.
She is survived by two sons, Edward D. of Boulder, Colo., and Dr. James L., of Dublin; a daughter, Barbara Ann Howard-Labourot of Montreal; a sister, Gertrude Magavern; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.