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Kathy Lynn Howell






Kathy Lynn Howell was born on May 23, 1963 in Hagerstown, Maryland to her loving parents Ronald and Carol Price.  She quietly passed on June 9, 2022 after a 6 month battle with cancer.  She attended South Hagerstown High School graduating in 1981.  After high school, she attended Cosmetology School in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  She worked as a successful hair stylist at Sagittarius, Pure Pizzazz and Ace of Blades for approximately 14 years until 1996.  Her love of animals guided her to continue her education at Hagerstown Junior College (HCC) and Wilson College, where she received an Associates Degree in Veterinarian Technology.  She worked for approximately 10 years at Wayne Heights Animal Hospital in Waynesboro PA.  A few years after the birth of her wonderful son Garrison in 2003, she decided to take a leave from work to raise a child. After Garrison was established in school, she transitioned to working as an assistant for her mom's Property Management and Real Estate company.  Finally, in 2018 she retired to enjoy her family and friends full time.  She approached each one of her careers with the same energy, commitment, love and care.  To her last days, friendships she developed throughout her entire life remained strong and real.  Kathy Howell was the best wife, mother, friend, and sister any family could ask for.  She always had time to sit, talk and listen.  For those who knew her, she could really talk.  

Kathy married Joe Howell in 1984 in Hagerstown, Maryland where they resided until her death.  She loved to explore, hike, and travel throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom.  Many back packing and road trips were taken to West Virgina and New England.  She had very fond memories of backpacking through England and Scotland. She loved to cook and tried all sorts of ethnic food recipes, and was especially fond of Afghan food and Pizza.  Dogs were her first love, and she had a dog throughout her life.  Her dog Cooper was her best friend and companion.  She will be greatly missed by all she came in contact with.  

Kathy is survived by her mother, Carol Price; son, Garrison Howell; husband, Joseph Howell; and brother, Craig Price.  Her father, Ronald Price, passed in 2021.  

There will be no funeral service. The family is planning a Kathy Howell Life Celebration Gathering.  In lieu of any flowers or gifts, please donate to Hospice of Washington County. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at 

Guest Book

Our deepest sympathy on this heartbreaking loss. I have many wonderful memories of Kathy and the times that our families shared together growing up. Kathy was beautiful person, inside and out. May God provide comfort and peace to the family during this very difficult time.

Diane and Will Crampton
Boonsboro, MD

Sweetest Kathy, I feel so grateful to have been a part of our Mary Ann’s Garden group and grown with you there. Your compassion and zest for life and your family will never be forgotten. You added the sunshine to our group that helped our gardeners grow with each get together. As time passes since your physical body left us, my thoughts still go to you and your family. We all know you are still with us in our hearts. Rest well my sweet friend. We are blessed to have known you. Forever grateful.

Angie Backus
Hagerstown , Md.

I wanted to personally thank everyone for your thoughts during this difficult time. As everyone knows my sister was such a special, one-of-a-kind person that will be dearly missed. We are having a celebration of her life and would love to see everyone. Saturday, July 9th 2-4pm Fountain Head CC (Hagerstown, MD) If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

Craig Price
Melbourne Beach, FL

Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness of hearing of Kathy's illness and passing. I worked with Kathy at Wayne Heights Animal Hospital and I have never known a kinder and more wonderful person. She was admired and loved by everyone I know that was ever in her presence. She was smart, talented, and put her all into everything I ever knew she was involved in. I envied her passion for living life to the fullest every day, whether it be cooking, hiking or just spending time with her family and friends. My heart goes out to Joe, Garrison, Carol, Craig and all her close friends that she spoke so often about. May they find peace in knowing that she lived a wonderful life and brought so much happiness to so many people. Heaven gained a beautiful angel and I know in my heart she will always be with her family and friends in spirit and the beautiful light she cast on so many people will always be shining. Rest in peace, Kathy, you will be sadly missed and never forgotten. ❤

Abby Crouse
Orrtanna, Pennsylvania



Joe and Family~ My sincere condolences on your loss. I hadn't seen Kathy in a few years and had no idea what she was going through. I will always remember your beautiful Christmas wedding and all of the nights we ran into you two off Oak Ridge Drive at our "special road". She was always laughing and brought such joy to Mrs. Busey's class. Hoping Carol, Craig, Garrison and you find peace in the days that follow. Thinking of you all~

Robin Kline Brown
Williamsport, MD

As a classmate of Kathy’s (and Joe’s), Kathy will always be remembered as a real friend, a great person, full of life and love. Kathy was very genuine, very real! She treated everyone the same, with respect, compassion and courtesy. Kathy was always a class act, someone many could learn a lot from! It’s so sad, that a wonderful life, a wonderful person was taken way too soon!! My heart goes out to Joe and the Family!! As a widower I know the pain you are going through!! Prayers to all!!

John Christopher
Hagerstown, MD

Joey and Garrison, We are saddened to hear of Kathy's passing and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathies, Paul, Lisa, Alex, Garrett and Harvey

The Faulkner Family and Harvey Routzahn
Hagerstown, Maryland

Joe-We are so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. My Mom so loved Kathy! It was always smiles and laughter when you came into the restaurant. Personally, it's heartbreaking to lose a classmate and beautiful soul. On behalf of myself and the Corsi's Pizza family; we are sending much love, hugs,and prayers to your entire family!

Nancy Miller
Mercersburg, PA

1981 South High Rebel graduate also.Kevin L. Spielman

Kevin L. Spielman
Hagerstown, Maryland

Carol we are so very sorry upon hearing of the loss of your daughter. We know she was very special to you and so dear to you for sure. It is one of life's deepest hardships to lose a child. We want to express our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God hold you and help you through these extremely difficult times. Please know that you and your family are in our in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family. With love, hugs and prayers. Dave and Deb Wallech

Deborah K Wallech
Hagerstown, MD

My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to Carol, Joe, Garrison and Craig. I too first met Kathy in Golden majorettes. We had fun times and our friendship later in life was through Penny and Shane. There was never a time she didn’t have a smile on her face and a hug for me every time she saw me. She would say, “Hang in there girl.” She will be greatly missed. Fly high Kathy. ❤️ Krista Myers

Krista Myers
Hagerstown, MD

I am so sorry to hear about Kathy’s illness and passing. I remember her happy voice, pretty smile, complete joy and happiness that radiated from her during high school. Blessings and healing to her friends and family.

Elaine Suit
Hagerstown, MD

Kathy was a very dear friend who i have known since her days at Sag! She took incredible care of me and my hair for so many years. We corresponded during the holidays and at special times in each others lives. Even though we didn’t see each other, our bond was strong. I will miss seeing her great FB posts as i have watched Garrison grow to a fine young man. I am grateful to have know her and will pray that she now rests in God’s arms in heaven. Love to Joe, Garrison and Carol and all her family. Her dear friend, Kathleen Perini

Kathlee Perini
Hagerstown, MD

We are very sorry about the your families loss. Our families thoughts and prayers are with Joe, Garrison and the extended family during this difficult time.

The Aleshire Family
Hagerstown, MD

Carol I am so sorry for your loss. God only takes the best. Hugs to you and your family.

Diane Wollard
Williamsport , Maryland

Words cannot express the sadness I feel in learning of Kathy’s passing! You were such a kind soul! To know you is to love you! My deepest condolences to your family! Much love! <3

Tammy walla
Hagerstown , Md

My lord i just can't believe this, my heart is breaking. I first met Kathy with the golden majorities oh the memiores we made . Carol her Mother and Ron her Dad treated us all as there own. My memories include her with a baton and a smile that would light the sky. You will be missed my friend RIP

Carol Cauffman Sweigert
Martinsburg, WV

I always struggle to find the right words to write in these situations. Although I really didn't know Kathy, I feel certain that we met and talked when she worked for her mother and was handling my HOA and rental. It appears that she enjoyed a fulfilling life while she was with us. My condolences to her mom Carol, her husband, son and brother. I pray that you find the strength to find your way through this very dark path to Peace.

Steve Showers
San Antonio, FL

It's been years since I've seen you, Kathy, and I am deeply saddened to hear about your passing. To my old friend that always made me smile and gave me faith in humanity. You always were filled with so much love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. I am a better person today for having known you. May you rest in peace and may the fond memories and love you gave us all help your family through this difficult time.

Susie Bernard McMullen
Pottstown, Pa

I always appreciated Kathy's kindness. She always had a few minutes to talk. Think of Joe and the rest of the family in this difficult time. DD

Darren Dattilio
Hagerstown, MD

I didnt know Kathy very long but for the short time I did she was one of the sweetest, kindest, fun and someone who was always full of life!! I will miss her!! Prayers and hugs for the whole family!!!

Pam Deal
Hagerstown, Maryland

My condolences for the family. A light has been dimmed. RIP

Lee House
York, Pa

I am so saddened to hear of Kathy’s loss. I am in disbelief & would like to send my deepest sympathies to her family & friends. Kathy was the sweetest person & loved her family with all her heart.

Tammy Marks Shindle
Hagerstown , Md

We are so incredibly saddened by the loss of Kathy. She was such a kind soul and brightened the room just by walking into it. Keeping her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Phil and Carole Healey
Hagerstown, MD

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