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Estelle Deon Howe
August 1, 1935 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
Estelle Deon (Kipp) Howe was born in Caldwell Idaho on August 1, 1935 to Myrtle and Charles Everett Kipp and attended Caldwell Schools. She had a beautiful contagious smile, quick wit and friendly personality. She met the love of her life, Howard Howe, on a group date with friends exploring the Kuna Caves. Weeks later, when Howard was on a 3 day leave from the Army, he noticed her walking to work at Safeway’s bakery and gave her a ride. The rest is history! Estelle was very agile and was chosen as the “clown” on the tumbling team in High School, due to her ability to perform flips, cart wheels and Chinese splits. She always wanted to be one of the pretty “dancing dolls” on the team, not realizing that she was the star attraction. She was still doing cartwheels in her late 70’s. Estelle worked for many years at Penny Wise Drug Store preparing the prescription records for the Unit Dose patients in the nursing homes. Family was most important to Estelle and she spent much time teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren crafts, artwork and painting and also took them to many doll shows, as she was an avid doll collector and glassware collector. She loved to draw and paint and many of her oil paintings were displayed in restaurants around town. She and Howard always planted a huge garden every year, sharing the fresh veggies with neighbors, friends and family and she enjoyed canning and cooking the harvested crops. She attended the LDS Church and loved teaching the little children in Primary class and Cub Scouts. She also was a member of Relief Society and did visiting home teaching for many years. A great time was had by all when Estelle was around, particularly when playing cards or games. She was extremely competitive and didn’t like to lose. Things got really loud when she and Howard would watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune every night… and try to beat each other with the answers. Most of us knew to not visit them during their competition hours!! Estelle and Howard built a cabin 53 years ago (with a little help from family), located at Silver Creek Plunge, where many fun times and memories were made. She and their family all rode dirt bikes together, and at 75 years old, she could still climb a mean steep hill with her Fat Cat. In winter months the family would snowmobile to the cabin and jump into the warm pool at the Plunge, covering themselves in green slimy moss. After her knee surgery, Howard purchased a “side by side” UTV so they could continue to explore backcountry trails and caves. There was always an adventure to be had looking for gold, metal detecting, finding Indian artifacts and pretty rocks, hunting and fishing. In the winter months, Estelle and Howard would hit the road in their motor home and travel to the warmer states down south, with Jeep in tow for “boondocking” and also visiting their Grandaughter and great-grandchildren in Montana. They also traveled on their Goldwing bike across the nation, enjoying Canada, Arizona, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Mexico and beyond. Estelle and Howard always found time to attend family birthdays, children’s programs, Holiday dinners and functions where many family members would sing, play fiddle and guitar with Howard on harmonica. The Howe’s have restored several antique cars together over the years and belonged to local area car clubs. They had many great times participating in parades, entering Judging events, and winning many trophies for their beautiful automobiles. They especially enjoyed visiting the Veterans Homes where Howard would entertain them with playing the harmonica accompanying his friends that were singing and playing instruments. Estelle was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son, Brett Howe, her 5 brothers, Morgan, Leroy, Jerry, Wallace, Roger and her sister Beth. Her legacy lives on through her husband, Howard (of 69 years marriage), children Cindy (Mark) Lootens of Parma Idaho and Brian Howe (Rhonda) of Cascade Idaho, and her 3 Grandchildren, Nicole (Kevin) Tamura of Columbus Montana, Jennifer (Will) Roland of Fruitland Idaho, Kristine Howe of Star Idaho, and 8 Great-Grandchildren, Bailee, Clayton, Ethan, Aaron, Porter, Landon, Lincoln and Camden. A special THANK YOU to the Relief Society ladies of the LDS Church and Dakans for coordinating the funeral preparations and luncheon. Also to the Doctors and nurses at West Valley Medical Center and those individuals who really cared about Mom at Cascadia, especially her angel Autumn, Junior, Eva, Jenna, Physical Therapist John and Abby. And to her cousin Betty Renstrom and long time forever friends Linda Bissel and Alberta Beguhl, who were there visiting and supporting Mom, sitting with Dad ‘til the end. Services will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel on Saturday September 9th at 11am with luncheon to follow. Burial will be Monday September 11th at 10:30am at Canyon Hill Cemetery.
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Saturday September 9, 2023 11:00 AM Dakan Funeral Chapel 504 S. Kimball Ave. Caldwell, ID 83605