Polly Anna Howard

Polly Howard
October 25, 1932 – January 28, 2019

Polly Howard, 86, of Bryan, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019. Visitation will be Saturday, February 2, 2019, from Noon to 2PM at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, 3001 South College Avenue, Bryan, Texas. Memorial service will be at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 6th at Hainesville Baptist Church in Wood County, Texas.

Born, October 25, 1932, in Hainesville, Texas, Polly lived most of her adult life in Bryan, Texas. Preceding her in death was her husband of 64 years, J.L. Howard. Polly was the last in a long line of Lindley’s from Hainesville, Texas – she had 5 brothers and 3 sisters – who all preceded her in death.

Polly is survived by son Rick (Kathy) Howard of Weatherford, son Randy (Belinda) Howard of Bryan and daughter Beverly Miner of Northlake, grandson Luke (Megen) Howard of Bryan, granddaughter Brooke (Brandon) Rogers of Denton, grandson Jason (Morgan) Miner of Denton and six precious great-grandchildren, Hadley and Hudson Howard, Brylee and Bryson Rogers, Landry and Grayson Miner.

Polly graduated from Mineola High School in 1950 and was voted Class Favorite her senior year. Polly met the love of her life J.L. Howard while he was building the road in front of her family home in 1949 and they married on January 10, 1953, in Hainesville, Texas. Polly enjoyed being a wife and mom but loved working – so much so, that she worked all her 86 years in one way or another. The family moved to Bryan in 1966, and in 1968 they purchased a bookstore where Polly loved serving her customers for over 20 years. She continued working various business roles and volunteering over the next 30+ years. Two of her more recent and favorite included working at Hilltop Lakes Chapel and The Bridge Ministries. Polly was also one of the first women to ever serve on the board of the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce and to serve on the board at Briarcrest Country Club. Polly and J.L. enjoyed golf, together and individually – winning multiple championships. She enjoyed cooking throughout her life but developed a passion for quilting late in life and made many beautiful quilts over the last several years.

A special thank you to Jan Ash, from Hilltop Lakes, who provided care and comfort for Polly in the last few months. Also, a thank you to Hospice Brazos Valley for their care and support, during her illness. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com


  1. My heartfelt condolence to the Family. I am so sorry for your loss. There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death. As you cherish the many memories of your dear loved one, please reflect on the time when sickness, death and mourning will be no more. (Revelations 21:3,4) This is what our loving God Jehovah has promised and Jesus guaranteed the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the earthly resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19, Psalms 37:10,11) May God’s word bring you comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead as we await the fulfillment of His promises.

  2. Polly will forever stay in our hearts! She was one of a kind and made the world a better place! We are heartbroken that it was her time to leave us but we rejoice knowing that one day we will be reunited!
    Until then sweet Polly… Rest In Peace!
    Love, Tom and Debbie D.

  3. SUPER lady who will be missed by her SUPER family!! HUGS and prayers for peace … cherish your memories!!

  4. Oh, my gosh! So many stories of Polly, and everyone of them is good! I am SO glad I had the privilege the last 10 years of getting to know her, witness her business ethics and be awed in her intelligence, even texting on the cell phone…I loved getting texts from her like, “what is lol!” LOL!

  5. I loved that special lady! I had the privilege of working with her six years at Hilltop Lakes Chapel. We had so many fun moments sharing that office and made many memories. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family that she loved so much. May god give you peace and comfort.

    Brenda Rienstra

  6. A beautiful person and neighbor. I will miss her smile and kindness. Prayers for the entire family. I feel blessed to have had her as a friend and neighbor. Prayers and blessing to the family.

  7. Poly did a fabulous job raising her children and sure set a great example for them. A very positive person who will be missed by all who knew her.

  8. She is probably winning lots of golf tournaments in Heaven!!!! I learned so much from her and loved being her partner in the local invitationals. It was an honor!!!!! I have lots of stories! I already miss her smile and her stories! Not sure who enjoyed them more, me listening, or her telling. She was a terrific story teller as well. We are all so lucky to have been blessed with her friendship! If you ever need something, please let us know at Hilltop…. we will find a way to help keep the Howard legacy alive at Hilltop!
    God will take care of all of you!

  9. My dear Polly! Will miss you. I finished the last Memory Pillow last night and I know you would love it. A&M colors. Prayers for your family!

  10. Polly Howard was a wonderful women and our family was blessed, having known her. Our love and prayers we send to her family.
    Thank you for sharing your
    precious mom with us.


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