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Avis Smith Howell

Jacksonville, FL – Avis Smith Howell of Jacksonville, FL passed away peacefully on January 8, 2018 at the age of 95. She was born in Queens, NY to parents Amelia Korn Smith and Herbert B. Smith. She was predeceased by her sister, LaVonne. Avis graduated from Jamaica High School, and worked at the New York Stock Exchange and the NY Telephone Company. Growing up she loved playing tennis, ice skating and going to Jones Beach, NY with family and friends. She lived in Union and Elizabeth, NJ, then later in life moved to Dunedin, Clearwater, and finally Jacksonville FL. Some of her favorite pastimes were reading, listening to music on the radio, and studying the Bible. Avis was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Survivors include son Jonathan and wife Arlene Howell (FL), daughter Barbara Handzo (NJ), daughter Cindy and husband Paul Wilhelmsen (FL), granddaughters Kathleen Reitmeyer (husband Peter) (PA) and Erica Gildea (husband Juan) (CA), and great-granddaughter Natalie Reitmeyer (PA). Avis, a faithful Christian, was warm and kind with a gentle spirit. Final arrangements were made at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, FL.

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