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Geraldine Reba Thompson Howzell, an educator and administrator, passed away recently.

Born in Houston, Texas to Jessie Gaston Thompson, Sr. and Odeal Kelly Thompson, Howzell grew up in Houston, Texas where she attended elementary, junior and senior high school. There, she was raised in the baptist church.

Howzell graduated with honors from Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended Tuskegee Institute where she not only excelled as an outstanding student, she had an exceptional soprano voice and sang under the direction of the famed composer, William L. Dawson.

After graduation from Tuskegee, Howzell received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in education. She moved to California to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she completed a Master’s of Arts degree.

Howzell attended California State University Los Angeles and completed the requirements for a teaching credential in the State of California.
Her first job teaching was in El Centro where she taught children of rural immigrants. Prior to taking a teaching position, she served as a mentor working in a correctional institute for young women.

Howzell experienced a wealth of opportunities prior to her professional life by working with others. She was kind hearted and open to every individual she met. She volunteered in a myriad of organizations throughout her lifetime.

In 1960, she accepted a position abroad with the United States Army Corp, serving as a civilian. During this time, Howzell met the man who was to be the love of her life, I. Samuel Howzell. The couple united in marriage on October 1, 1961 in Paris, France.

They were married in the American Church, which was the first American church to be built on European soil. Together they had a daughter, Jacqualynne Howzell.
Shortly after her husband’s tour of duty in the United States Army, the couple returned to Los Angeles.

Howzell was a supportive wife, assisting and working to support the family while her husband attended Chiropractic College, graduating from college and establishing his practice.
Howzell was preceded in death by her husband Dr. I. Samuel Howzell of Claremont, her father, Jessie Gaston Thompson and her mother Odeal Thompson.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Jacqualynne Howzell of Claremont; two brothers Jessie Gaston Thompson, Jr., and Warren Chapman of Houston; a father-in-law, Albert Howzell, Sr. of Lancaster; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

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