Beth Howell

Beth Anne Howell (Burgess)

Tuesday, April 28th, 1959 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Beth Anne Howell (Burgess) of Eliot, Maine passed away on August 2, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital with her husband and daughters by her side, following a courageous fight against metastatic Ocular Melanoma. Beth was born in Santa Barbara, California on April 28, 1959 to Richard L. Burgess and Judith E. Drew (Alander/Burgess). She was and forever will be the best friend and loving wife of 38 years to Thomas R. Howell, cherished Mother “Mama” to Sarah F. Howell and Abigale R. Howell, mother-in-law to Mathew A. Garofalo and beloved Grandma “Gammy” to Eloise F. Garofalo. She is survived by her mother Judith E. Drew and step father Dr. David Drew, brother Leonard (Ted) H. Burgess and sister-in-law Leanne M. Burgess, sister Pamela (Nicholas) J. Burgess, mother-in-law Marilyn A. Howell, father-in-law Thomas Howell III, sister-in-law Diane (Al) B. Miller, brother-in-law Daniel (Lan) C. Howell, step siblings Mary Bedrosian, Dr. Donald Drew, Martha Mosier, Sara Bartlett, James Drew and adored nieces and nephews Katherine Burgess, Anna Houle, Ava and Weston Miller, August and Oscar Howell. Beth is predeceased by her father Richard L. Burgess and step mother Jean L. Burgess.

With a fierce love of fellowship and caring for others, Beth always put the needs of loved ones before her own and nurtured so many throughout her life in a multitude of ways. She lived every moment deeply, always appreciative of life’s blessings, lessons, and tiny pleasures. She was a constant and creative doer with never-idle hands, heart, and mind. Beth was most fulfilled entertaining and nourishing her family and friends she considered family, working in her perennial gardens, and being a proud wife, Mama, sister and Gammy. Beth understood what mattered most in life and in turn cultivated deep and lasting relationships punctuated by an exuberant appreciation for good food, music, dancing, and celebrating all things Maine and nature.

Beth’s passion for serving others was a constant throughout her life. She was a founding member of the Eliot Community Parent Teacher Organization in the early 90’s, dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer, longtime supporter and volunteer of the MSAD 35 school district, and primary caregiver and advocate for aging and sick family members over the past ten years. If Beth could help and be of service to anyone in need she was always there. Those who were blessed to know Beth knew she was a talented cook and enthusiastic teacher. Combining these two qualities, she worked for several years as an instructor at Stonewall Kitchen’s Cooking School where more importantly she gained some very dear and lasting friendships. An avid gardener with a vast understanding of the Earth and it’s flora, Beth was driven to further her education in the field and graduated this past Spring from the Master Gardener Program at University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She was greatly enriched by the Master Gardener community and the camaraderie and knowledge shared with her colleagues while beautifying the Southern Maine region.

Beth will be missed tremendously by her family and friends but her spirit and zest for life lives on in their hearts forever.

The following organisations were near and dear to Beth, donations may be sent in her memory to: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Good Shepard Food Bank

A celebration of life will be held at a future date, once the global coronavirus pandemic has been cleared and loved ones can gather safely.
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Private Condolence

Jim VanZino

Posted at 12:03pm
To Tom, Family, and Friends of Beth,

Although I did not get to spend time with Beth myself I have known and worked with Tom for years and feel as if she was a dear friend of mine from all that Tom would say about her. From our family to yours, our heartfelt love and support and I know that someday down the road we will all be spending time in the garden with Beth.

With Love,
The VanZino Family

Rob McCarthy

Posted at 10:25pm
I feel as though I have lost a part of my family, yet sadly I cannot reach out to hold her family close.
Beth was as good a friend as I have ever had. I always regarded her as a sister, and she helped me through some tough times as a teenager/ young man. My heart is aching for Tom, Sarah and Abigail. And for ALL of her friends and relatives. Although the miles have separated us through the years, Beth and her family will always hold a huge place in my heart.
"There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains"
Journey on Beth, I will miss you my sister.

Monica Goldberg

Posted at 11:56pm
Beth was a cherished lifelong friend of mine. We were high school “besties” in California and shared so many memories from our Summer of ‘76 in Plymouth MA, prom double dates and many escapades in between. I shared her joy as she and Tom married and i remember thinking those two were meant to be together forever. She had a big beautiful smile and loved to laugh at everything ! 40 years later she was the one who convinced me that we should attend our high school reunion, and i am so thankful she did! I will treasure that last weekend we spent together in november of 2017, and hold those memories in my heart, forever. I will miss her beautiful laugh and her love for life. I will miss you my friend, you left us too soon.

Gabrielle Goodwin

Posted at 11:03am
It's been years seen I've seen Beth and the family but heart aches for your loss. She was a beautiful human in many ways and I'm grateful for the time I spent in my youth with the Howell family. My deepest condolences to her loved ones, friends, and community.

Jeanie Dominguez

Posted at 03:44pm
To Beth Howell's Entire Family and Loving Friends,
I have been a fellow Master Gardener with Beth since she became one of the gardeners doing good and in the know. I did not personally know Beth well, but still want to send you my most sincere condolences in your loss. I know the passing of a dearest loved one takes a piece out of our hearts that will hurt for a while, but as time moves on you will live in the fondest memories of such a wonderful wife, mom, and Gammy. We can't help but wonder why our love ones pass on at a young age. There is no real answer. I know in her life Beth truly made a difference to those in her her family and friends and to those in need. The world needed Beth, and she gave from her heart. The love you all have for Beth is not gone because that love is eternal. May you be blessed with the fondest of memories of Beth as you get through the most dificult time ahead of you. May knowing Beth is truly at peace will bring peace and comfort to you all. Blessings

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