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Annie Christine Howe

Enfield, N.H. — Annie Christine Howe passed from this life on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the age of 86.

She was born and raised in Caney, Kan., to Kenneth Fleming and Minnie Olson Fleming. She is survived by her brother, August Fleming and is preceded in death by her sister Nadyne Fleming Draper, and her half-brother Edwin Fleming. Annie met and fell in love with Raymond Howe while working a summer in Estes Park in Colorado. They were married in 1952. While married, she pursued her passions in music, agriculture and wildlife. In the early years of their marriage, they had a pet raccoon until he grew to a point where he needed to be placed with the Kansas City Zoo. They moved to Philadelphia and she decided that she would use her more sophisticated middle name Christine (or Chris) and this is when her love of gardening took over. Her garden was written up in the Philadelphia Bulletin for its unique country feel in Center City Philadelphia. Later they moved to New Jersey, where she and Ray raised two children; Anita and Kenneth. While living in New Jersey, Christine was the Administrator of the Howell Living Historical Farm where she researched and prepared to open a replica of a farm c. 1890-1900. During retirement she and Ray moved to Enfield, N.H. She brought with her the need to give habitat for the blue birds. As an active member of the Mascoma Audubon Society, Chris set up a bluebird trail with 22 houses and had blue birds nesting in many of them.

She was an active member of the local garden club and the Mascoma Lake Association. She adored her two grandchildren, Alicia and Raymond and thrived on going to their activities. In the end it was her passion for music that kept her going. She was a member of two recorder groups, playing in the Suite Notes up until the very end when her struggles with Alzheimer’s and Arthritis made it impossible to continue.

Annie Christine is survived by her brother; August, her two children, Anita and Kenneth, her son-in-law Milton R Gonzalez and her two grandchildren: Alicia Christine and Raymond Milton Gonzalez.

Family and friends are invited to the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, for memorial calling hours between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lebanon United Methodist Church. An online guest book is available by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s association.