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Johnnie Howe

November 18, 1940 — August 26, 2017

Johnnie Day Royse Howe, 76, of Poplar Plains, widow of John Given Howe, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington due to complications from a heart attack. Johnnie was born in Poplar Plains on November 18, 1940, youngest of three children of the late Leo Marce Royse and Martha Harlan Day Royse. Johnnie was a teacher, mentor, and friend. She gave the biggest part of her life to teaching at Hillsboro Elementary School during her 33-year tenure. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed working on the farm especially in her garden. She was an avid antique collector and was often seen in the the front row at local auctions. She was known as "MeeMee" not only to her grandchildren, but to many others as well. She was a member of the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church, the William Dudley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a Kentucky Colonel and also participated with the Fleming County Retired Teachers Association. She is survived by two children, Steven Howe of Ewing, and Jennie Lee (Jason) Applegate of Flemingsburg; three grandchildren, Lauren Day Applegate, Haylee Nicole Applegate, and John Scott Applegate, all of Flemingsburg; a special niece, Caren C. Prater of Flemingsburg; a brother, Lucien Royse of Georgetown, KY; and several other nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jennie Lou Royse Curotto. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Jeff Lambert and Pastor Richard Engle. Visitation will be 5-9 pm Wednesday, August 30th at the church. Burial will be in Hillsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hillsboro Elementary School, Att: Carol Thompson, 7348 Hillsboro Rd., Hillsboro, KY 41049. Funeral arrangements are in care of Carpenter-Fritz & Vice Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at

Thursday, August 31, 2017
1:00 PM 8/31/2017 1:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Flemingsburg

117 West Main Street
Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041

Visitation will be 5-9 pm Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Flemingsburg.

First United Methodist Church of Flemingsburg
117 West Main Street Flemingsburg 41041 Kentucky
United States

Hillsboro Cemetery Final Resting Place

Sunset Road
Hillsboro, Kentucky 41049

Sunset Road Hillsboro 41049 Kentucky
United States
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