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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Margaretta Howell was born August 1, 1955 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to Verdon and Larva Belt and passed away October 15, 2022 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Baptist Hospital.

She was married to Tommy Howell in West Plains, Missouri, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children, Kevin Howell and wife Crystal, Koshkonong, Missouri and Misty Altermatt and husband, John, Willow Springs, Missouri; three brothers, Verdon Belt and wife Cindy, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Bobby Belt and wife Pamela, Mountain Home, Arkansas, and Randy Belt and wife Pam, Mountain Home, Arkansas; two sisters, Loretta Belt, Mountain Home, Arkansas, and Melissa Belt of Koshkonong, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Julia Altermatt of West Plains, Missouri, Jesse Altermatt and wife Kryslyn of West Plains, Missouri, Britney Russell, Koshkonong, Missouri, Diamond Bledsoe, Koshkonong, Missouri, Tristan Howell, Koshkonong, Missouri, Levi Russell, Koshkonong, Missouri, Dustin Howell and wife Cameron, Thayer, Missouri, and Dalton Howell and wife Cheyenne, Thayer, Missouri; eight great grandchildren, Willow May Millions, Macy Howell, Matthew Howell, Waylon Howell, Bryson Krusen, Harlynne Altermatt, Kaizlee Altermatt, Asher Altermatt, and one little one on the way; several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Elvis Belt and Roy Belt and one sister, Judy Belt.

Margaretta loved to hunt, gardening, dancing and listening to music. She loved spending time with her family and really loved the holidays cooking for everyone. She was a very hard working woman who was loved by all know and loved her.

Funeral services for Margaretta Howell will be held Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 21, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Buriall will be in Koshkonong Cemetery, Koshkonong, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Joy Brazeal
    October 19, 2022 @ 3:21 pm

    Margaretta was a sweet lady, caring neighbor, a hard worker and a lady fun to be around. She will be missed by all.

  2. Bucky and Kerry Bussell
    October 20, 2022 @ 10:23 am

    So sorry for your loss. Margaretta was a great woman and neighbor. Prayers for your family.

  3. Catina Weaver
    October 20, 2022 @ 10:59 am

    Margaretta was one lady who never met a stranger! To know her was to love her! She will be dearly missed! Prayers for you all!

  4. Kim Combs
    October 20, 2022 @ 3:09 pm

    Margaretta was such a sweet lady. One of the hardest working ladies I’ve ever known. She loved her family and loved to talk about them. So very sorry for your loss Kevin and Misty.

  5. Karen Harbison
    October 20, 2022 @ 5:46 pm

    Lovely lady gone too soon.

    My sincere condolences, prayers for all.

  6. Rosemary Romans
    October 20, 2022 @ 8:27 pm

    One of a kind! Without a doubt, she was the hardest working woman I’ve ever known. Never complained. She enjoyed life. Loved her husband and family. She enjoyed playing pranks?? So many precious memories with she and Tommy. I appreciate her friendship to me and wish I’d spent more time with her. Thinking of you, Misty and Kevin and your families and asking God to comfort your broken hearts as only He can. I love y’all and am so very sorry for this season of grief and sorrow ♥️????

  7. Holly Meyer
    October 21, 2022 @ 8:26 am

    We loved her, she will be missed.

  8. Tammy vandiver
    October 23, 2022 @ 11:28 am

    Such a hard working lady. Loved joking around with her. Always so nice to me didn’t seem to know a stranger. God bless you misty and Kevin as you go through this time of grief let God be your comfort. Love and prayers