She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Shelton High School, where she graduated with honors. She graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Science in health information from East Carolina University in 1989 and received the Outstanding Senior award. Howard was a registered health information administrator for 25 years, most recently for Duke Health System as a senior medical coder; a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, book club and knitting club.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, July 24 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
Howard is survived by her husband of 38 years, Michael Kevin Howard; children, Lynn Briones and her husband, Alan, Brian Howard and his wife, Michelle, and Renee Devlin and her husband, Rodeo, all of Wake Forest; siblings, Karen Andrews and her husband, Junie, of Connecticut, Daniel Nesteriak of Texas and Nancy Gentili and her husband, Vincenzo, of Georgia; a sister-in-law, Sandy Nesteriak of Connecticut; and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Steven Nesteriak.
Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Eye Center, DUMC 3802, Durham, NC 27710 (gifts.duke.edu/dukeeye) or to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615.