Margeuerite Lee Parrish Howard

Published 10:42 am Friday, March 3, 2023

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Our beloved matriarch, Mrs. Marguerite Lee Parrish Howard, 94, of Greenville, S.C., passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2023.

She was born April 18, 1928 in Jha Jha, Bihar, India to missionary parents, Rev. Marvin Evander Parrish and Alma Ethel Clower Parrish, and attended Woodstock International School in the Himalayan foothills. Marguerite fell in love with her sweetheart, Rev. Hobert Hoover Howard of Redland, NC, while studying at Holmes Bible College, Greenville, SC. They were married in 1949, and she joined him in ministry at Thomasville (NC) PH Church. They sailed on a freighter to India in 1951, served there as missionaries for 62 years, and later retired at age 85 to the city where they met. Her ministry touched thousands of lives globally.

Surviving are: her husband, Rev. Hobert H. Howard; 3 daughters, Evelyn M. Lettieri (Dr. John T. Lettieri); Patricia H. Lyons (Dr. William L. Lyons); Linda K. Niehaus (Mr. Theodore W. Niehaus); 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Redland Church, IPHC, Advance, where the Howards have been members since the 1940s. Interment will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery, Advance. The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Additional information can be found at