Ellen Lu Pace Howell
Date of Birth
February 2, 1947
Date of Passing
January 24, 2024
Date, Time, & Place of Funeral
Celebration of Life at Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Quincy, Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.
Ellen Lu Pace Howell was a west central Iowa farm child born on February 2, 1947. She attended Northwest Missouri State College and accomplished her dream to be a kindergarten teacher – teaching in MO, IA, NE, WI, and IL throughout her career. Her other dream was to marry and have a boy and a girl. Ron Howell from Jerseyville, IL was her life mate. In addition to Ron, Ellen is also survived by her children: Ryan Howell and Tara Mecum along with her husband Kip. Her grandson Jesse Howell and a sister Jeanette Holt along with her husband Norm also survive. Ellen liked order in her life, yet was not consumed by material goods. She enjoyed nature and traveling. Being a good wife, mother and teacher were her gifts to the world.
Ellen was employed as a classroom paraeducator at Monroe Elementary Quincy, for seven years. She spent the last eight years of her career specializing in 1:1 autism education. She was frequently sought out by QPS schools because of her devotion to these children benefiting from her special talents.
Ellen passed on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 after a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.
A Celebration of Ellen’s Life will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024 beginning at 2:00 PM at Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Quincy. Interment will take place at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Quincy Public Schools or to Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Quincy. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.