The 90th birthday of Dorothy Mabel (Braid) Howenstine was celebrated on Aug. 28 at the Reading Church of the Brethren near Homeworth.
The open house was attended by many of her family members and friends, and was organized by her children.
Mrs. Howenstine and her late husband, Richard, are the parents of seven children, Judy and Alan (Nancy) of Homeworth, Rick (Janice) of Columbus, Kay (Clarence) DeTray of Oak Harbor, Peggy (Larry) Suhre of Michigantown, Ind., Michal (Bryan) Cope of Dresden, and Melissa (Jim) Brand of Homeworth. Their family also includes grandchildren Jennifer (David) Mollenkopf, Rebecca (William) Ciabattari, Amanda Howenstine, Richard William II (Jessica) Howenstine, Elizabeth (Daniel) Ruth, Chris DeTray, Scott (Melissa) DeTray, Valerie DeTray, Alex Suhre, Andrew Suhre, Bill Cope, Laurel Cope, Jennifer (Ben) Stahl, James, Robert and Jonathan Brand; and great-grandchildren, Victoria and Abigail Mollenkopf, Celia and Lily DeTray, Lenora, Olivia, and William Ciabattari, Ella and Hayley DeTray, Rachel and Sean Matthew Ruth, and Lorelai Howenstine.
Mrs. Howenstine is a retired elementary school teacher, first as a music teacher, and later as a third grade teacher in the West Branch School District, where she has resided for more than 60 years. She and Richard were both members of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony, the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, and the Wooster Symphony, and have been lifelong supporters of music in the schools and the community.
She attended McPherson College in Kansas, Bluffton College in Ohio, and graduated from Wooster College ('44) in Wooster. She is also an active member of the Reading Church of the Brethren, where she was the pianist for more than 50 years. She is a 65-year member of the Mile Branch Grange, Alliance Area Retired Teachers Association, and Women's Aglow. She has also held membership in the American Federation of Musicians for over 50 years.