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Irene E (Marie) Howard, 86, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died late Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of Thomas R. Howard with whom she shared over 62 years of marriage. It was a beautiful love story.
Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Franklin W and Anna K (Donahue) Marie. She was raised and educated in Lynn and has lived in Peabody for the past 59 years.

Family was everything to Irene and she loved raising and providing for her four children. She especially enjoyed sharing time with her children and grandchildren on traditional family vacations to Martha’s Vineyard and Captiva.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Karen Masino and her partner, Michael Ford of Ipswich, Thomas W Howard and his wife, Melanie of Chelmsford, Barry C Howard and his wife, Gloria of Wakefield, and Debra Taylor of Chelmsford, her eight grandchildren, Kristen Nicholson, Lauren Masino and her boyfriend George Diantgikas, Christopher Howard and his wife Elizabeth, Robert Howard, Lucy Howard, and Nicole and Adam Taylor, her two great-grandchildren, Kiley and Peter Nicholson, her siblings, Robert and his wife Lois Marie of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Dorothy Macdonald of Beverly, and Frances Laubner of Peabody and also is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandson-in-law, Peter Nicholson, granddaughter Julia Howard, and by her son-in-law, Robert Masino.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody followed by her Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, Lowell St, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.
Published on  March 30, 2017
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