Savalla Gifford Howland

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Savalla Gifford Howland

March 05, 1924 - November 30, 2018

Savalla Gifford Howland UNADILLA - Savalla Howland, 94, of Unadilla, passed away at home Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, following years of fighting cancer and heart disease.
Savalla was born March 5, 1924, in Deposit, daughter of Austin and Bertha (Whitman) Gifford.
She was married to Charles H. Howland on Nov. 12, 1944. They shared 66 years together.
In her lifetime, Savalla worked at several jobs, but her true love was working with youths and children. She worked at Sidney High School as a secretary and teacher's aide, as well as for DCMO BOCES as a special education teacher's aide.
A lifetime member of the Masonville Federated Church, Savalla served as a youth and adult Sunday schoolteacher. She was a member of the Ladies Aide and Masonville Grange until it dissolved.
Through her lifetime, she and her husband Charles took in foster children and allowed many to have the privilege of staying at their family farm enjoying great love and laughter.
Savalla is predeceased by her loving husband, Charles; sisters, Zilpha, Ellafern, Helen and Alta; brothers, Virgil and Rex; and her daughter, Sally Dean.
She is survived by her children, son and daughter-in-law, Charles V. and Colleen Howland and daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Doug McKown; grandchildren, Amy Dean Heap (Chuck), Christy Dean Eastwood (Steve), Corey Dean (Jody Hitt), Michelle Howland Brame (Brad), Josie Howland East (Chad Roof), Barrett Howland (Jenna), Kasta Howland, Heather McKown Amatuccio (Michael), Ember McKown; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one very special family, Buck, Scott and Cindy Somers.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Masonville Federated Church in Masonville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Gatje.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Catskill Area Hospice or Masonville Federated Church.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on December 2, 2018
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