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Celebration of Life

Sister Iva "Genell" Snowden Howell

Alpha       Omega
June 21, 1943     May 10, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011     11:00 A.M.

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
1561 Highway 19 South

Magnolia, AR 71753

Rev. George E. Barnes,Pastor/ Officiator
Rev. W.C. Tims, Assisting 


Sister Iva Genell Snowden Howell was the first of five children born to the late J.P. and Ophelia Doss Snowden on June 21, 1943 in Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas.  Her parents and two sisters, Linda Snowden and Flora Jean Snowden Harper, preceded her in death.  On May 10, 2011 surrounded by her family that she so loved, God allowed Sis. Howell to transcend from her earthly pain to her heavenly rewards.

In August 1955, Sis. Howell at the age twelve joined the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized under the leadership of Rev. J.A. Taylor.  She was a dedicated and faithful member serving in many capacities during her tenure at New Zion.  She was an usher, sang in the choir, mission sister, NBC instructor and was currently a faithful Sunday school student of class #6 and chairperson of the Hospitality committee.  She loved her pastors and church family dearly.

Genell attended Walker High School and graduated May 16, 1962.  After graduation she attended Martha Thomas Beauty (Cosmetology) School in Pine Bluff, AR and became a licensed beautician.  She retired from Firestone/Amfuel and Magnolia Specialized Services.  She was an excellent cook and love to prepare meals for her family and friends.  She was a devoted foster parent that sheltered many African American youth in their home.  She showered them with love and attention as she did her own children.  She also was dedicated in organizing and planning the Walker School reunions with much success!

On June 17, 1968 she entered holy matrimony to Brother Early Dale Howell.  Unto this union two (2) children were born.  As a loving and nurturing mother and grandmother, Genell reigned over her family with grace and dignity.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a loving family: husband, Early Dale Howell of the home, children, Rosalind Howell and Darrell (Karla) Howell both of Magnolia, AR; Jasmine (Israel) Snowden Marquez of Okolona, AR, and Damion Snowden of Dallas, TX; sister, Flossie Snowden Turner of Magnolia, AR; Brothers, Floyd Johnson of Houston, TX and Paul Snowden of West Germany; Granddaughter, Deitra Howell of Magnolia, AR; Aunts, Annie Dell Moore of El Dorado, AR and Lenora Faggett of Dallas, TX; Four Sisters in Christ, Beatrice Davis Cooper, Ruthie Dread Sharp, Helen Ruth Hayes Murria and Earnestine Doss Martin and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and her church family.