Omega Jane Howard - 80

3/6/1938 - 4/7/2018

Byron, IL

Omega Jane Howard, age 80, of Byron passed away at Rockford Memorial Hospital on April 7, 2018 surrounded by family. Born to James Ezra and Margarett Jane (Moss) Owen in Elijah, MO. Oldest of 8 children. She married Robert Lee Howard on August 18, 1953 in West Plaines, MO. She moved from Springfield, MO to Rockford, IL in 1966 and to Byron in 1988. Omega worked as a cook in many restaurants, the last being at Leombruni’s. She loved to cook especially for her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Omega liked playing scrabble, dominos, yahtzee and watching Wheel of Fortune. Preceded in death by her husband on January 26, 2011, parents, sisters, Etta Young and Burdella Davis, brothers, William Owen and James Owen, brothers-in-law, Aught Young and Kenneth Sikes, daughter, Rose King on April 14, 2017, grandson Dale, son-in-law Gary Posey, nephews, Ricky, Shawn, Rodney, Eddie and niece Cheri. Omega is survived by her children Owen (Karen) Howard, Letricia “Tricia” Posey, James Howard, Joanna (Marc) Whitmore and Kathy Reader who was like a daughter to her; grandchildren, Alicia (Fiancé Tommy) Howard, Tiffany Howard, Sylvia King, Jeremy Posey, Trina (Dan) Nelson, Melissa (Kenny) Speers, Ashley Whitmore, Shelby Whitmore, and Carissa Whitmore; great grandchildren, Jessica (Adam) Stafford, Jaime Bull, Tyler Crowell, Leland Howard, Elizabeth “Lizzi” Speers, Rebecca “Becca” Speers, Gavin Speers, and Trinity Howard; and great-great grandson, Jack Stafford and one on the way; sisters, Mary (Ival) Collins and Janice Sikes; brother, Richard (Darlene) Owen; brother-in-law, Frank Davis, sister-in-law, Delores Owen, many nieces and nephews and ex son-in-law Doyle. Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Visitation was held April 12th, 5-7 pm at the funeral home and the funeral was held August 13th at 11:00 AM officiated by Randy Snider with a luncheon following.


Visitation will be Thursday, April 12 from 5:00-7:00 PM in Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, Byron


Funeral services will be held Friday April 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, Byron

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