January 21, 1924 ~ May 15, 2012
Wanda Jean (Boozer) Howland 1924-2012
Wanda Jean Howland passed away Tuesday, May 15, at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Cahill, in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. For four days, her children, brothers, niece, nephew, in-laws and friends were in her presence telling her of their love for her. Wanda was 88. Born in Sanger, Texas, raised in Fredrick, Oklahoma, Wanda graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1941. During her 30 years in Bakersfield, Wanda opened and operated Jean's Coffee Shop and Fountain in the Fox Theatre Bldg. on H Street, the Valley Market in Arvin and J & J Trucking. She was a contestant in the first annual Homemaker Queen contest in 1953. She then resided 41 years in El Cajon. Jean was a superior gardener. She landscaped her homes; building tiered flowerbeds. She loved growing roses. She maintained 75 plants. She was a big fan of country music and dancing. Her adult children were her pride. Jean (Wanda) is survived by her daughters; Marilyn Cahill and Sharon Caldwell (John) of Napa; grandchildren; Darcy Nickels (Matt) of Carlsbad, Greg Cahill of Palos Verdes Estates; great grandchildren Ella Rose and Matthew Nickels; her brothers Tom Boozer of Bakersfield and Dr. Bobby Boozer of Sacramento, and twelve nieces and nephews and their offspring. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 26, at 12 noon, at the home Tom and Joanne Boozer. For information call (310) 699-0926.Burial will follow immediately at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road.
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