Estella Howd

Birth: November 5th, 1951
Death: May 15th, 2017
Age: 65 years
High School:St. Louis High School -

Estella Howd


Age 65, of Ithaca, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center, Alma.


Estella was born November 5, 1951 in Alma, the daughter of Raymundo and Zulema (Alcorta) Benavidez. She graduated from St. Louis High School. Estella married Dennis Howd in June of 1993. She worked many years as a Nurses Aide for Wilcox’s and Schnepp’s Nursing Homes and before retiring from the Alma Hospital. Estella enjoyed going to the casino, crocheting, making tortillas and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


She is survived by her husband Dennis, children Antonia Benavidez, Rosa (Jesse) Ramirez, Tomas (Cynthia) Betancourt, Naomi (Jeff) Clapp, Miguel Betancourt, Misty (Chad) Betancourt, Marcos Betancourt, step-children David (Cory) Howd, Mike (Tammy) Howd, Sara (Matt) Shattuck, 37 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, mother Zulema, sister Elvia Benavidez, brother Edmundo (Dolores) Benavidez and many nieces and nephews.


Estella was preceded in death by her father Raymundo, daughter Virginia Benavidez, and brother Elizeo Benavidez.


Visitation will be held Friday, May 19, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at the Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home, Alma. Interment will be in Chapel Gardens Cemetery. To view Estella’s obituary or to leave a condolence for the family please visit

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