Ellen Louise Howard, 98, of Blacksburg, went to be with her Jesus on Monday, March 1, 2021. She was born on Sept. 17, 1922, to the late Irwin S. and Lura Bower Howard.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Phyllis Howard Jones and Frances Howard Baird.
Louise loved walking under the blue skies to work and around Blacksburg. She was a proud Hokie and loved reading the newspaper. She was a secretary in the Ag Engineering Department at Virginia Tech where she plotted rainfall amounts for the state before computers.
She was a member of the Blacksburg United Methodist Church. Her father was one of the charter members of the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, started the year Louise was born, keeping families safe in Blacksburg.
She was the beloved aunt to Nicolynne Jones, Luralee Jones Cornwell (Steve), Vicki Baird Stec (Steve), and Barry W. Baird (Alison).
The family would like to give a special thanks to Noble Senior in Christiansburg and Good Samaritan Hospice for the loving care that she received.
The family will have a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blacksburg Fire Department, 407 Hubbard Street, Blacksburg, Va. 24060. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.