West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Cleta Howell
Cleta Howell


Cleta Gladys Howell, daughter of the late Albert N. “Jack” Madden and Gladys Elizabeth Ramsey Madden, was born June 4, 1925 in Thayer, Missouri and died May 12, 2012 at her home in Koshkonong, Missouri at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage in 1949 in Illinois to Frank Gaborik. She was united in marriage September 5, 1972 in Thayer, Missouri to Amos Lee Howell, who preceded her in death August 13, 1990.

She is survived by one son, Jack Dale “Gabby” Gaborik of Alaska; two daughters, Patricia Ann Arnold of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and Deborah Marie Etzold of Long Beach, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Karen Gaborik, Frank Arthur Gaborik, Amberly Martin, Stephanie Clevenger, Jody Newman, Zachary Johnson and Makenzie Shurtz; seven great grandchildren, Casey Howell, Stacie Mitchell, Kallie Clevenger, Brooklyn Shurtz, Courtney Shurtz, Peyton Shurtz and Alicia Johnson; one nephew, David Newman; and one niece, Sandy Green Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Lee Howell; her parents, Albert N. “Jack” Madden and Gladys Elizabeth Ramsey Madden; one granddaughter, Jennifer Newman and two brothers, Clarence Glen Green and Albert Dale Madden.

Besides being a dedicated homemaker, she was a certified nurse’s aide and rancher. She was a 1942 graduate of Thayer High School and an avid gardener. She was a long time member of Koskonong Free Will Baptist Church, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Johnny Holesapple officiating. Visitation will be Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Two Mile Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Two Mile Cemetery and left at the funeral home.