Sylvia Pauline Howse (1911-1995)

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Sylvia Pauline Howse Reed White
Howse, Sylvia.jpg
Born: 8 Oct 1911 Pellston, Michigan
Died: 22 Mar 1995 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Father: James Milton Howse
Mother: Sarah Ellen Philips
Siblings: Raymond Leslie
James Milton House, Jr.
Anna E. Overholt
Eisey May Howse
Melvin Earl Howse
Myrtle Sina Howse
Charles Adelbert Howse
Sylvia Pauline Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse
Spouse: (1) Ross George Reed
Married: 12 Dec 1933 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Children: Jacqueline Pauline Reed
Philip Ross Reed
Spouse: (2) Wilbur A. White
Married: 19 Sep 1959 Alanson, Michigan

A Granddaughter's Memories

By Sheryl Burley Vlietstra

Sylvia was my grandmother. I have many fond memories of her... The way she always had a smile for you, showing those big dimples, the keen sense of humor she had, always ready to laugh, the ways she worried about all of us daily...She used to say, "Somebody's got to worry! Let me do it. I'm good at it!" Probably the one single thing that reminds me of the love she had for all of us was the ever-present pot of "Grandma Noodles" simmering on the stove upon our arrival. Her house was filled with the aroma of those noodles, beef or chicken depending on her mood. We could hardly wait for her to offer us a bowl and as my children grew, they shared the same excitement about those noodles. Sadly, I have yet to master the art of rolling, cutting and drying noodles, a tradition my children often encourage me to continue. Their Grandma, "Mum", Jackie Reed Burley, who is Sylvia's daughter and my mother, has continued the ritual of simmering noodles so the tradition continues. Today I am making a commitment to learn this simple recipe so I can pass it on to the generations to come.


Petoskey News Review, Mar 1995:

Sylvia P. White, 83

Sylvia P. White, 83, of Alanson, died March 22, 1995, at the Emmet County Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Alanson United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Behling will officiate.

Mrs. White was born Oct. 8, 1911, and grew up and attended school in Harbor Springs, graduating from Harbor Springs High School.

On Sept. 19, 1961, she married Wilbur White. He preceded her in death in 1981.

Mrs. White was a longtime resident of Alanson. She loved a good joke and one of her greatest joys was baking for her family.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing and bingo.

Survivors include her son, Philip Reed and his wife, Carol, of Alanson; her daughter, Jackie Burley and her husband, Jack, of Harbor Springs; five grandchildren, Sheryl and Ross Vliestra of Spring Lake, Bryan Burley of Harbor Springs, Mike and Tonya Redd of Hawaii, Kan and Maurika Reed of Oden and Don Reed of Alanson; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Myrtle Ward, of Harbor Springs. In addition to her husband, Mrs. White was preceded in death by her grandson, Douglas Reed.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Emmet County Medical Care Facility.

Arrangements were handled by Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Memorial Program

In Loving Memory of Sylvia P. White
Born October 8, 1911 Died March 22, 1995
Memorial Services 3:00 P.M. Sunday; March 26, 1995
Alanson United Methodist Church, Alanson Michigan
Officiating Rev. David Behling
After Glow
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave When life is done.
Littlefield Cemetery


  • Birth: Emmet Co., Michigan, Birth Records:
House, Sylvia
born: 8 OCT 1911
female, legit., white
at: Pellston
parents reside in Pellston
Mother: Sarah E. Phillips, b. MI
Father: James M. House, Laborer, b. MI
  • 1920 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Little Traverse Twp., Emmet, Michigan:
House, James M.
, Sylvia, daughter, female, white, 8, single, MI, MI, MI
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
REID, Ross & HOWSE, Sylvia
Date: 12/12/1933
Liber: 5
Folio: 91
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
WHITE, Wilbur A. & REED, Sylvia
Date: 9/19/1959
Liber: 1959
Folio: 100
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search Deaths:
WHITE, Sylvia P.
Date: 2/22/1995
Liber: 1995
Folio: 90
Place of Death: Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Obituary: Petoskey News Review, Mar 1995
White, Sylvia P.
Age: 83
Born: 10/8/1911
Died: 3/22/1995
Burial: 6/11/1995
Cemetery: Littlefield Twp., Alanson - Cremation
  • Death: Social Security Death Index:
White, Sylvia
Birth Date: 8 Oct 1911
Death Date: Mar 1995
Social Security Number: 363-14-7815
State Number Was Issued: Michigan
Death Residence Zip Code: 49706
Localities: Alanson, Emmet, Michigan
Death Benefit Zip Code: 49706
Localities: Alanson, Emmet, Michigan