HOUGHTON - Mary Louise (Lampinen) Howard was born April 17, 1923, to Arthur and Mary Lampinen in Atlantic Mine. She passed into the loving arms of Jesus on December 25, 2013.
She attended grade school in Atlantic Mine and the Jeffers High School in Painesdale and graduated from Hillsdale High School in Hillsdale, Mich.
She moved to Jonesville, Mich., in 1939, where she met her husband, Paul Howard. They were married December 28, 1940. One son, Dennis, was born February 14, 1943.
After living in Jonesville for 36 years, she moved to Lake Worth, Fla., and lived there for 13 years. She then moved back to the Copper Country where she lived for 22 years before moving back to Jonesville to be with her son and his wife.
Mary Lou was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine. She loved her church, baking for her family, especially Paanukaku, and her flowers. She took painting classes while in Jonesville and painted many pictures which she shared with her family and friends. Back in the U.P., she took Elderhostel classes at Michigan Tech and Finlandia Universities.
Surviving are her son, Dennis (Lois) Howard of Jonesville; her sister, Evelyn Kuopus of Hancock; three grandchildren, Greg Howard of Marshall, Mich., Kimberly (Kwame) Robinson of Baltimore, Md., Amy (Christopher) Chopp of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one great-grandson, Andrew Barrett of Jonesville; several nieces, nephews and cousins in Michigan, Florida, Washington State, Finland and Sweden; and an uncle, Douglas Johnson of Chassell.
Besides her parents, Mary Lou was also preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Hakala and Elaine Maata; two brothers, Edward and Eino Lampinen; and granddaughter, Lisa (Howard) Spieth.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 24, 2014, in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine with Pastor Bucky Beach to officiate.
Burial will follow in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice in the name of Mary Lou Howard.
Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.