Mrs. Grace (Richardson) Howard, 84, died peacefully at her home  Saturday, July 24, 2010. She was surrounded by family and was comfortable at the time of her death.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Donald Howard; four children, Wayne Sanborn of Calvin, Okla., Linda Merithew of Phoenix, Allen Sanborn of Blue Hill and Dawn Howard of Searsmon; several grandchildren, Sharon McKee of Belfast, Lori Thole of Pennsylvania, Nicole Sanborn of California, Ronald Ciotti of Phoenix, Brandi Howard of Belfast, Sarah Higgins of Palmyra and Jed Sanborn of Blue Hill; several great-grandchildren and many close friends.

She was predeceased by a son, Donald Sanborn ,of Abbottstown, Pa.

She was a lifelong resident of Waldo County and enjoyed spending her life there. She was comfortable being in her house and loved working in her garden, creating beautiful flowers which she and her husband would often sit outside and enjoy together. She enjoyed a simple lifestyle, spending time with her family and close friends, and always sharing her incredible sense of humor and her love of laughter.

A day’s outing to Bangor, Augusta or Portland to shop or attend a concert brought her great joy, and she had so much life in her until the very end. She was indeed blessed with a full and wonderful life.

To try to sum up 84 years of loving and caring is such an impossible task that to just say she was a loving wife, wonderful mother and caring grandmother to her entire family is far short of all she meant to each of us. She was always there, to listen, to talk, to help, to laugh and enjoy time with.

She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Out of respect for her wishes, she will be cremated with no formal services. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her behalf to a local charity of choice.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast.