Niralee “Nira” Reed Howell

September 8, 1933 - September 6, 2020

09/08/1933 - 09/06/2020

Past Services

Tuesday September 08, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Wednesday September 09, 2020
Belmont County Memorial Park
P.O. Box 205
Bellaire, OH 43906
304-695-3101 | Directions
Wednesday September 09, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church
3838 Lincoln Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947
740-676-5936 | Directions
Wednesday September 09, 2020
1:00 pm
Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church
3838 Lincoln Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947
740-676-5936 | Directions

Niralee (Nira) Reed Howell, 86 of Shadyside, Ohio died on Sunday, September 6 at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire, Ohio. She was born on September 8, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Sidney D. Reed and Lorena Swchall Reed of Woodsfield, Ohio. Nira was a graduate of Woodsfield High School and attended Ohio University.

She was employed  by The Ohio State University Research Foundation in Columbus, Ohio and by the US Government in Aberdeen, Maryland. Nira was an employee of the Belmont Community (City) Hospital for 30 plus years. She also worked as a realtor for Century 21 Real Estate in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Nira was an active member of the Shadyside Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as a board member for many years. Nira was an active member of the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church and served as the Treasurer for a number of years. She was also a member of the Shadyside Order of Eastern Stars.

Nira is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, John R. Howell, her daughter, Kimberly (Dave) Lenz, her grandson, Michael (Krista) Lenz, granddaughter, Amanda Lenz and great granddaughter, Lorileigh A. Lenz all of Shadyside and by her brother, William Reed of Columbus, Ohio. Nira was preceded in death by her brothers, 3 year old James Sidney Reed and Joseph William Reed (Woodsfield, Ohio). Also by her sisters, Virginia Reed (Delaware, Ohio), Edith Griffith, Carrie Kindall, Helen Sechrest, Hazel Ferris, Bernice Krietzman (all of Columbus, Ohio), Geneva Adams (Moorsville, NC) and Mary Salisbury (Woodsfield, Ohio).

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio and Wednesday at the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church 3838 Lincoln Avenue Shadyside, Ohio from 12 Noon until time of services a 1 pm with Rev. Don Perks officiating.

Interment in the Belmont County Memorial Park in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OR &W Fireman’s Association by going to

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Mary Donna Kinemond Wodarcyk
3 years ago

John, Kim and family,
I was so sorry to read about Nira. She was a wonderful lady with a great smile. I have a lot of good memories of our bunco club group and all the fun and laughs we shared. With deepest sympathy and God’s blessings to all the family, Mary Donna

Denise Hoskinson
3 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear about Nira. She was such a sweet lady. Prayers to the entire family

Natori Ornsparre
3 years ago

She was a wonderful lady. An amazing resident that I had the pleasure of knowing and loving her. You guys are amazing people. I’m so sorry for your loss!

Beverly Fleming
3 years ago

John.Kim,and family, I was so sorry to hear of Nira’s opassing. She was the sweetest lady, and a joy to be with. She did so much for the church and was a blessing to so many people. She truly will be missed. You have my deepest sympathy.

3 years ago

John and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nira’s kind smile, kind words, and always being a loving neighbor will never be forgotten.
“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” By Leo Buscaglia

Curtis & Dana Workman
3 years ago

John, Kim and family
Our sincere condolences in the loss of Nira. Nira was a wonderful person and will be remembered and missed by many. Hold tight to your many memories. God Bless all of you in your loss.

John and Bobbie (Howell) Moore
3 years ago

Sincere sympathy to John and the family. Very sorry for your loss. With our love

John Ogden
3 years ago

John, Kim and family, I was so sad to hear of Nira’s passing. She was a beautiful person, and I so enjoyed chatting with her on their trips to Woodsfield and on the phone when we did the article about her childhood. She will be greatly missed by many. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Pat Burkle
3 years ago

Fly high with the Angels until we meet again!

Carol McMahon Todd
3 years ago

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Nira was a sweet woman who always had a kind word and a nice smile. She would always make a point to come out on the porch to say hello. Our mom loved her and they traded recipes all the time.
Prayers for peace and comfort.