Howells celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Rev. and Mrs. Donnie Howell will be honored Saturday, Sept. 9, at a 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. reception at Parkview Baptist Church in Littlefield, in honor of their 70th wedding anniversary.

The celebration will be hosted by their two sons and daughter, Bill and Vickey Howell of Littlefield, and Jackie Howell of Lubbock; and Max and Kathy Ebeling of Plainview. A son, Gary Howell, died in 1986. They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Donnie Howell and Birdia Bitner were married Sept. 12, 1947 in Frederick, Okla., by Rev. Alton Patton.

They pastored churches at Loveland and Fargo, Okla., and moved to Littlefield in 1953, where Donnie began working at the Littlefield Post Office. They both continued to be active in the ministry. In addition to being dedicated members of their local church, they were involved in Llanos Altos Association Brotherhood and Women’s Missionary Union. Donnie also supplied at many area churches. After their children were grown, Birdia served as activity director at Knight’s Nursing Home.

 

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