Funeral services will be Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Langdon for Marlene Alice Howatt (Dunford, Landry) of California, who passed away June 12, 2018 in California.
Interment will follow at the Elkwood Cemetery in Maida.
She was born September 10, 1935 to William (Ray) and Veda Howatt in Maida. She was one of six children born and raised on the original homestead. She is survived by her sisters, Bernice Fox and Margaret Ann Downs, and her brother, Stanley (Pat) Howatt. She was predeceased by brothers, Gerald Howatt and Erle Howatt. She was married to Edsel Dunford of Osnabrock, North Dakota in 1954. They relocated to Seattle, Wash. as Ed served in the Army and attended the University of Washington. During this time, they had three sons. She spent her time raising the boys and caring for other children. In 1960, the family resettled in Southern California. She was proud of her farming heritage and remained close to her brothers and sisters all of her life. Her father, Ray, died when she was just two years old, leaving her mother and six young children on the farm during the Great Depression. That homestead farm remains in the Howatt family today. The entire family shares Marlene’s outgoing personality and charismatic nature. She later married Harry Landry in 1973. When her sons were of high school age, she reentered the workforce where she was employed for many years in the dental industry. She was always stylishly dressed and took pride in maintaining an immaculate household. Later in life, she enjoyed playing golf and volunteering as a docent at the Orange County Performing Arts Theater. She had an innate knack for farming and her garden was always full of new growth. Neighborhood friends were a big part of her entire life and she enjoyed being in the communities wherever she lived. She was loved and will be missed by so many.
Marlene is survived by her sons, Wyman (Marianne), Philip (Christine), eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
She is predeceased by her son, Stanley, who died unexpectedly in 2012 (survived by his spouse, Helen).