Grace O'Neil Spivey Howell

Grace O'Neil Spivey Howell

Windsor, VA
03.22.1922 - 04.17.2017

Grace O’Neil Spivey Howell, 95, passed away peacefully at home April 17, 2017, surrounded by those blessed to be born her children.

Grace was born on March 22, 1922 in Isle of Wight County to the late John and Ethel Spivey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Marion Ellsworth Howell, whom she continued to love and mourn all of her days. Her children now rejoice that Mom and Dad have been reunited in their spiritual life along with daughters, Glenda Howell Minga and Baby Girl Howell, her brothers, Alton and William Spivey, their wives, Ducky and Nellie, and nephew, Johnny.


Grace was an amazing mother to daughter, Gloria Price and son-in-law, Jim, of whom she thought as her own, and daughter, Gina Buckner.

Grace was a doting Granny to grandchildren whose mission was to make her laugh and dance a little step: Jamey, Jeff (Susan), Holly (Joe), Traci, Byron, John (Chrissy), Glenie (Dale), Bill (Angie), Courtney (Brandon), and Casey (Kyle).

Left to cherish and carry on Granny Grace’s bright, sparkling light are 22 great-grandchildren, including a soon-to-be baby boy, Keagen, and three great-great grandchildren.


Grace was devoted to her family and gave her love freely to all including her sister-in-law, Ann Howell Pierce, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Grace was a faithful servant of Colosse Baptist Church where lifelong friendships blessed her and through her still today, our family.

For 33 devoted years, Grace made smile many an Isle of Wight County student when they stepped on to school bus 4 or 23 to see what outlandishly bedazzled outfit she would have on. Amazing Grace, in her later years, spent many a day shopping or lunching at Burger King, or shooting the moon during a round of Rook with members of her Colosse Posse and Windsor Widows’ Club while picking up a few new recruits along the way.


The love of Grace’s life was her family and her favorite thing was to have all of her children’s feet under the table for a meal together. She was happiest when feeding the flock and spending time as a family. Amazing Grace was the glue that bound her family together and together we will remain as we cherish our memories and sit down to her table tonight.


The family will receive friends at Grace’s home on the farm. A visitation will be held Thursday April 20, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 PM at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory 509 W Washington St., Suffolk. A funeral service and celebration of Grace’s life will be held 2 PM Friday, April 21, 2017 at Colosse Baptist Church 6361 Rhodes Dr., Windsor, VA with Rev. Tim Webb officiating. Condolences may be offered at

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Colosse Baptist Church
6361 Rhodes Drive
Windsor, VA 23487
United States

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R.W. Baker & Co.
509 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Gloria, Gina & Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You were so blessed to have Grace for 95 years as well as she was blessed to have all of you in her life. God is good. There will only be one Grace and she will live on in all of you. What a special person she was to so many. You have our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

Durwood & Carolyn Scott & Sarah Lowe

I was so sad to see this obit. tonight. Grace was such a lovely , frisky " young" lady. My prayers are for her family to get through the rough days ahead but most of all to enjoy their precious memories stored up in their hearts..God bless you all..

Shirley Bryant

My sincere condolences to the family of Amazing Grace. I was fortunate to have known Grace during the many years that she drove the school bus transporting Windsor students to The Pruden Center. She will be missed by many folks.

Betty Jo English

Gloria, Gina and Family:
We send our sympathy and prayers in this time of your great loss. No one did more for our family than Grace and Marion in our times of need right up to the very end. Just the presence of Grace made any possible dimness turn to light. Grace's concern for others was a mark of her love for all. So many uplifting memories will remain with us all and may the Lord be with you in the days to come.

Ren and Sandra Spivey

Mrs. Grace was such a blessing to all who knew her! She spread sunshine and smiles where ever she went! She always made me feel so welcomed! I loved seeing her and talking to her! I am extending my sincerest sympathies to her family and friends! Mrs. Grace enriched your lives with lots of love, laughs and happiness! She will truly be missed! May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead!

Denise Hundley

We will miss your mother's smile and wit. She holds a special place in our hearts and we share in your grief. Your family is in our prayers.

Tom and Kathy Queen

Grace was truly "Amazing Grace". She was so special. I was deeply sorry to hear of her passing, but I am certain she is with our Lord. She always made me feel special because she was so glad to see me, and so outgoing and friendly. I loved her personality and her
pretty appearance and enthusiasm for life. She will be missed. Deepest sympathy to each and every one of you.

Faye Stephens

Gloria, Gina, Holly and Family:
We would like to add our expressions of deep sympathy upon hearing of your great loss. Grace was a special person and her enthusiasm for life was infectious. She and Marion were kind and considerate in-laws to the Shifflett family and were always so warm and welcoming to us. Their generosity was unmatched. The years and circumstances have not changed our feelings for you all. We love you.

Don and Mert Shifflett

Condolences to the family and friends , for the loss of your dear loved one ,
Ms.Grace O'neil Spivey Howell , may you continue to regale your fond memories of her,
no doubt she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her...
She led a very happy life , loving everyone , and everyone loving her in return
God's word offers so much comfort , ( Revelation 21:4) READS : " And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes , and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore ..The former things have passed away " ....
This is a promise that God (Psalms 83:18) ,promised that , very soon all of the things that's causing so much suffering will soon be eradicated forever , including death ....

Cee David

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