Lydia Marie Howard, 83, of Orangefield, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in Nederland. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Forrest Wood, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Orangefield. 

Born on June 28, 1926, in Mannheim, Germany to parents, Jacob Greschy and Maria Stephania (Bentz) Greschy, she had lived in the Orange area for 42 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. Lydia enjoyed sewing and cooking. Mrs. Howard had worked for the 7th Army just after World War II and she translated a book from German to English during that time. As a young lady she enjoyed snow skiing and met her husband, Olen, in 1953 and they began a union which lasted for 43 years.

Mrs. Howard is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her children, daughter, Victoria Harris and husband, Thomas of Mauriceville;  sons, Robert Howard Sr. and wife Annette of Carthage, Texas, and Homer Howard of Beaumont;  grandchildren, Sara Howard, Whitney Howard, Angelica Howard, Robert Howard Jr., Shannon Howard, Cody Howard, Desiree Howard, Melissa Cox, Tiffany Harris and Hope Harris and eight great-grandchildren.