Elda Mae (Warburton) Howarth, a former resident of Bourne, died on February 28 at the Royal Megansett Nursing & Retirement Home in North Falmouth after a long life. She was 94.

She was the widow of James Hubert Howarth Jr. He died in 1979. They were married for more than three decades.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Harry Warburton and Caroline (Schmid) Warburton.

She graduated from Germantown High School, where she met the love of her life, James H. Howarth Jr. They married on February 7, 1947, after he returned from World War II.

They raised their two daughters in Philadelphia, Newark, Delaware, Williamstown, Massachusetts, later moving to Delran, New Jersey. After her husband’s death she moved to Bourne and later Ocean City, New Jersey.

She made a point of staying connected to many friends they made in these communities, as well as volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout leader, and using her musical talent to sing in choirs, community choral groups, be an accompanist for her high school chorus, churches, civic organizations and, in later years, the Bourne schools. She was always ready to help those in need.

She loved to drive and travel.

She leaves her sister, Carolyn Zwarg; her daughters, Elizabeth Carol Allen and her husband, Douglas Allen, and Susan Mae Noyes and her husband, Charles Kenneth Noyes; her grandchildren, Amanda Hook, Jared Allen, Wendy Noyes and Karen Martino; two great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons; and other family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister Virginia Bergey.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 5 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.

A memorial service will be Monday, March 25, at 11 AM at Bourne United Methodist Church, 27 Sandwich Road in Bourne.

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