Orange Grove Meeting
Amy Howell died peacefully in November 2010.
Born in November 1929 to Frederick Keller Paine and Ruth Jacobs Paine in Compton, Illinois, Amy spent some of her childhood living with her grandfather; then moved with her parents to Southern California when she was still a small child.
Amy graduated from Compton High School in 1947 with honors and a scholarship to attend Whittier College, from which she graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching certificate.
Amy married Charles Brent Howell in 1952, and they moved to Pasadena in 1956. Amy was an active member of Orange Grove Friends Meeting since January 1954. She served on many committees of the Meeting and clerked the Meeting, the Property and Children’s Education committees and served as the Minute Clerk.
Many are grateful for her presence in their lives. Amy loved conversation and welcomed the company of others. People were attracted to her by her willingness to listen with interest, her warmth, intelligence and quick wit.
Amy received a Master of Arts degree from Claremont Graduate School in 1975. Her thesis was on bereavement and she gave generously of her time and energy throughout her career to help the bereaved, in various capacities, including volunteering to train and supervise hospice volunteers.
Amy was involved in a very serious automobile accident late in her life. She demonstrated the depth of her Quaker faith in her approach to those who were responsible for her accident.
Following her recovery, she was married under the care of the Meeting to Robert Culshaw in 2003. They were subsequently divorced.
She is survived by her brother John Frederick Paine, her sons Samuel Trask Howell, Benjamin Worth Howell, Seth Keller Howell and their families.