MADISON - Elaine Mary Howard, age 87, of Madison, died late in the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Pine View Living, Windsor, Wis., from old age and a fast acting pneumonia.

"I was born in Madison, Wis., on April 27, 1927, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Baker, and lived in Madison all my life. I was married to Edward A. (Buster) Meeteer in 1951. He proceeded me in death in June of 1975. I remarried in 1984 to William K. Howard, who died in July of 1991.

I'm survived by my brother, Richard F. Baker; and a collection of nephews and nieces, among them, Raymond William Baker and Julie Baker, also of Madison.

I have instructed my brother Richard to place my body and the ashes of my husband, Bill Howard, in my crypt at Forest Hill Mausoleum.

I was a 1945 graduate of East High School and worked at University Hospitals as a unit clerk for 34 years. I was a good wife, daughter and sister, or so they tell me! I sailed sometimes with my brother, Richard, and from him learned a bit about the sun and the wind. I loved working in my yard, and one day while cutting the grass, this poem came to mind."

We are sailors of the grass

that sea of green around us,

our ships, our mowers,

see us through our task

The wind our friend,

that tempers the sun's heat,

the sun causes all things to grow:

and lights our way.

We the sailors of the grass,

will tame this sea of green,

until once again,

it needs our touch to tame,

it's wild ways.

- Elaine Howard, Summer of 2003

A notice of a celebration of life will be circulated among family and friends at a later date.

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