In Loving

Linda T. Howe

March 11, 1947 – April 1, 2021

HOWE, Linda T., 74, of Richmond passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021. Linda was raised in Carlisle, PA and attended high school in Flemmington, NJ.  She attended Bates College in Maine from 1966-1969 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  After a brief stay in San Francisco, she and her college roommate Emily settled in Durham, NC, to work in the Duke University library and other university offices, where she met and married the love of her life, Dick Howe.  Their wedding date was Sept. 25, 1976.  They added the joint love of their lives, their only child Jennifer, in 1980.

She was preceded in death by her parents William H. Theurer and Dorothy Mildred Kline Theurer; and her eldest brother, William H. Theurer, Jr., all of Pennsylvania. Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Charles Richard (Dick) Howe; her loving daughter, Jennifer Lynn Howe and her husband, Rey Leo Mehlhorn; brother, Thomas N. Theurer of Altoona, PA; sister, Dorothy Noel of Colorado Springs, CO; and sister-in-law, Anne Marie Theurer of PA.  She is also survived and loved by Dick’s siblings and their families; and longtime friends, Jim and Emily Lebedda of PA, and Catherine Mishler of Richmond.

Linda was best known for her volunteerism, especially in the schools Jennifer attended, with particular interest in Maggie Walker Governor’s School (MWGS) in Richmond, where the senior student cited each year for volunteering is given the Linda Howe Community Service Award.

She was active in the PTA of her daughter’s schools, including serving as PTA president at each school.  Linda also served on the board of directors for the Virginia Association for the Gifted, in which she was granted life membership in 2008.  She was especially proud to have become proficient with grant writing, pursuing and obtaining grants for the MWGS Foundation and also for Benedictine High School.

Linda was a gifted writer, a talented cook (well known for potato salad and apple pie), and a loving wife and mother.  She enjoyed brunch with friends and family, bird watching, and visiting the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Foundation (, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (, the Richmond food bank (, or to the animal rescue organization of your choice.

Linda was cremated as per her wishes, and a memorial service will be held at 3 PM Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Masks and social distancing are required.  Condolences may be expressed in the online guestbook at, where a link to a live stream of the service will also be available on the 17th.

Click here to view the live stream memorial service for Linda Howe.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service- Richmond Chapel


Saturday, April 17, 2021


3:00 Pm

Family will receive friends one hour prior




  1. Karen Curley April 6, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I am very sorry for your lost l lose, I hope that with time it will ease, my prayers to you and your family.

  2. Emily Myers April 6, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Linda was such a faithful friend. We’ve known each other for more than fifty years. Jim and I will miss her. My condolences go to Jennifer and Dick. We love you.

  3. Richard Lebedda April 6, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Jennifer and Uncle Dick, on behalf of me and my family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Donald Harvan April 6, 2021 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Linda was an amazing lady, and will be missed by all. My condolences to Dick, Jennifer, Rey, and all of the family.

  5. Jane April 6, 2021 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    My brother was so lucky to have such a sweet, caring wife and mother to their daughter, Jennifer.
    We will miss her terribly – Spring was her time to shine, so know she is enjoying her eternal Spring in heaven!

  6. Dave and Lilly April 6, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Sending love to Uncle Dick, Jennifer and Rey. We love you!!

  7. Meg Harrison April 7, 2021 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I remember working together at Maggie Walker in the PTSA and her tireless efforts made such a difference.

  8. Mecca Moss April 7, 2021 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I give my condolences.

  9. Kathy Ellis April 9, 2021 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Linda welcomed me as a new parent at TJ/GSGIS, and PTSA/volunteering with her was so much fun that I never stopped. She was so creative, perceptive, loved beauty and nature, and had a marvelous sense of humor. The world is a lesser place without her. I am so sorry.

  10. Pat Taylor April 10, 2021 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    When Jennifer joined the Governor’s School family, Linda became a valuable member of the family too. Her efforts as a volunteer made a lasting impact on the lives of students then as well as to those there today. She used her leadership and creative skills to develop grant proposals for funds to help establish the first robotics team, to secure computers, AV equipment needed for classrooms, and many other student and faculty programs. She helped me as we addressed ways to implement the large Advanced Placement testing program in the spring as well as the SOL testing program when it was new to Virginia and required us to send scores to each student’s zone high school . Her life made our world a much better place to be. She became a trusted friend and I treasured the times we worked together. I am sorry for your loss and send you my love and prayers.

  11. Fran Harrison April 11, 2021 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Dick, Jennifer and Rey.I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be keeping you in my prayers!!

  12. Jeanne Quearry April 12, 2021 at 11:51 am - Reply

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss of Linda. Our condolences to you and your family. Jeanne and Dennis Quearry

  13. Catherine Mishler April 17, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Linda was a unique personality of great accomplishments and a wonderful whimsical, wry sense of humor. She was a friend for close to fifty years and I will miss her so very much. My love to Dick and Jennifer.

  14. April Llano & family April 17, 2021 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending our love to Uncle Dick, Jennifer and Rey.

  15. Dorothy Noel April 17, 2021 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace Linda love you

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