April 29 2020
Lillian Putnam Howard, age 96, of Hueytown, Alabama, left her beloved family to be with our Lord on April 29, 2020. She was an active church member throughout her life and served in many leadership capacities, including being a Sunday School teacher into her seventies. She was a lifelong member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Hueytown. She was a woman of great faith who filled the lives of her family and many friends with love and joy. She will live in our hearts forever. Lillian Putnam Howard was born in Akron, Ohio, and came to Hueytown with her family in the mid-1930s. In 1947, after World War II, the family started a successful business, Putnam’s Florist, which was to flourish for 34 years as a family owned and operated establishment. While in the floral business, Lillian Howard and Putnam’s Florist became well known in throughout the country. She received numerous awards and much recognition for her ability as a floral designer. She was the first woman in Alabama to be awarded the prestigious “Florist of the Year” award and the first woman in Alabama to be invited to join the American Academy of Florists. She appeared and competed in shows across the United States and also served as commentator for floral design schools and shows. She won a national competition in Hawaii which was attended by 3000 florists from across the nation. She participated in a New York City program coordinating flowers and foliage with the famous Boehm Bird collection. Her arrangements were displayed with period furniture in the Henry Ford Museum. She was invited to participate with 109 other floral designers from across the United States in coordinating the floral decorations for the Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan. She and her sister took part in decorating the Washington Hilton Hotel as well as other hotels and buildings where 13 balls and 2 galas were held. Lillian Howard ran for Mayor of Hueytown in 1988 after having served on the Hueytown City Council from 1984-1988. She easily won the election becoming the City’s first woman Mayor since its incorporation in 1960. She was re-elected in 1992 over two male contenders without a run-off. She chose to retire upon completion of her second term. She came to City Hall with the same enthusiasm, tenacity and determination to do the best job possible for her city as she did in the floral business. During her years as Mayor of Hueytown, she served on various committees, including the Economic Development Board, which wrote policies and made recommendations to elected officials in Montgomery. She served on the Board of the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission and was a member of the Emergency Management Agency Committee, a committee of five mayors who worked closely with the Jefferson County Commission to restructure the agency. She also served as President and Vice-President of the Jefferson County Mayors Association. She continued to be an avid supporter of better education and reform, and she attended every meeting possible related to these areas. She also took an active part in the Arts and served as a Director on the Birmingham Summerfest Board. She was nominated as one of the Top Ten Business Women by the Birmingham Business Journal. On April 19, 2007, she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the City of Hueytown Chamber of Commerce in recognition for her outstanding accomplishments and for her dedicated service to the community. She was the fifth recipient of this prestigious award. She was married to George Leland Howard. They had 3 children, Gary Lee Howard and twin daughters who died at childbirth. Eighteen years later her husband went to be with the Lord. After more than ten years had passed, she married John Roberson, who is now deceased. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Velma and Ezekiel Rice Putnam, sisters Louise P. Hodges and Nelda Mae O’Neal and nephew Walter Cruse. She is survived by her son, Gary Lee Howard, daughter in law, Diana Ivone Gonzalez, and grandson Christopher George Howard. She is also survived by her nieces Roxanne Blake (Clay) and Mary Beth Klauke (Mike), great niece and nephew, Misty Winslett and Clint Brown. She was a truly talented and unique person who had the clarity of mind to walk with kings but not lose common touch as she gave of herself and shared her love with all of those she encountered. We love you and will miss you and you will always be remembered as you are part of our hearts forever. There will be a private graveside service Saturday, May 2, 2019, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of LILLIAN PUTNAM HOWARD please visit our Sympathy Store.

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