Jean Jensen Howell, 93, died May 13, 2016, at home. She was born May 4, 1923, in Kenosha, Wis., and was a daughter of the late Thorvald and Alma (Monson) Jensen.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John A. "Jack" Howell, Jr., and by her sister Frances Jensen McKeown.
During World War II, she worked at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois and later at O.S.S. in Washington, DC. In the early days of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), she worked at the Portsmouth studio and later at the Virginia Beach facility.
She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Suffolk, VA.
She is survived by a son John A. "Jack" Howell III and wife Eugenia of New River, AZ; two daughters, Anne Howell Wood and husband Walter of Carlisle, PA and Hilary H. Gersbach and husband Marcus of Suffolk; five granddaughters: Marie Cross Evans and husband Terry, of Suffolk, Meredith Gersbach of Denver, CO, and Lauren Gersbach of New Orleans, LA, Stephanie W. Rowland and husband Bryan of Chattanooga, TN, and Kathleen W. Bermudez and husband Edgar of Coconut Creek, FL; two grandsons, Mark J. Howell and wife Amy of Glendale, AZ, and Kirk S. Howell and wife Kristin of Scottsdale, AZ; six great-grandsons: Andrew, Michael and John Evans of Suffolk and Jacob Wood of Chattanooga, TN, Mason Howell of Glendale, AZ, and Jack Bermudez of Coconut Creek, FL; four great-granddaughters: Rachel and Sophie Howell of Glendale, AZ, and Lily Howell of Scottsdale, AZ, and Julie Bermudez of Coconut Creek, FL, and several nieces.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Holly Lawn Cemetery, Suffolk by the Rev. Keith Emerson. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and other times at the home of his daughter, Hilary Gersbach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be sent to CBN, The Christian Broadcasting Network, 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23465-9989. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com