SACO — Claire D. Howard, 83 of Saco, died on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at home.

She was born in Biddeford on May 27, 1935, a daughter of William and Irene “Rose” Berthiaume Vir.  She attended the Biddeford school system.

On June 18, 1953, she married her sweetheart William R. Howard, Sr. in Fairfield, California.

Claire worked extremely hard at Sears Department Store while raising her loving family.

Claire was preceded in death by William, her husband of 61 years on March 8 2014, two brothers, and three sisters.

Claire is survived by two sons, William Howard, Jr. and his wife Nina of Saco and Stanley Howard and his wife Penny of Campton New Hampshire; two daughters, Linda Freeman and her husband David of Saco and Sandra Birdsall and her husband Michael of Saco; a sister Irene Mosley of Orlando, Florida; sister-in–law Ellena Burtt of Saco; three brothers-in-law, Daniel Howard and his wife Rita of Saco, Clifford Howard of Saco and John Howard and his partner Richard Morin of Las Vegas, Nevada; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

At Claire’s request there will be no services.

Arrangements are by the Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford ME. 04005.

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