ForeverMissed
Memorial service will be held Friday, December 4, 2020 at W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Mask are required for entry.

Ariel JoAnn Howard, our miracle baby girl received her heavenly wings November 24, 2020. We were blessed with her entering our lives on January 23, 1984 in Dayton, Ohio. 
Ariel’s love of fun, family, music and friends is something she truly enjoyed and everyone around her could see the love in her. She had a pure heart and a joyous spirit. Even when facing personal health challenges nothing stopped Ariel from enjoying her best life. Her eyes, her smile and her bubbly personality has been a gift to us all. Ariel will be missed by her family, friends and acquaintances because of the lasting impression she’s left on your hearts. 
Ariel is preceded in death by grandmothers, Susie A. Wells Shepherd, Ruby J. Howard and grandfather, Hugh Shepherd Sr. She is survived by her parents. Johnny Howard Jr. and Anita Wells Donaldson (Abraham “Carl”). She leaves to cherish her memory,  grandfather, Johnnie Howard Sr., Dayton; great-aunt, Lillie Peterson, Springfield, Ohio; aunts, DeJanarrio “Dee” Lumpkin, Dayton; Sharon Ingram, Dayton; and Lucretia “Chris” Shepherd Amick (Jeffry), Dayton;  uncle, Hugh Shepherd Jr. (Karnika), Kathmandu, Nepal; special devoted family friend Milan Whitehead, special friends David, Cassie and Amanda. A host of loving cousins, many many friends, and other caring professional friendships. 
Matthew 5: 8  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (KJV)
“We celebrate our Daughter who had a pure heart and loved life, her relationships with family and friends. Her light remains in our hearts. She will be greatly missed.”
Professional services entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home.
Posted by Debra Epps on December 5, 2020
To My Cousin Areil Howard you was so special and so blessed by many others and all your Family I Debra Shepherd Epps will never forget you when you was a baby and how we all shared Thanksgiving before last all togethet at Your Mom/carl house we all had so much fun together when your dad was there with all of us it was very special to have gotten that chance to spend with you I love you always and forever more my cousin gone but never forgotten you will be missed like crazy Areil love your cousin Debra Epps RIH gone but never forgotten!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️
Posted by Marion Witcher on December 4, 2020
Anita, Ariel was so blessed that God chose you guys as her parents. And we truly thank you for allowing her to be a part of our lives through His Ability Over Disability and the Special Olympics. Her smile, enthusiasm and attitude taught us important lessons about God's unconditional love.  Ariel's words, "Stay in your lane baby" during practices always put a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts. 

Whether in practice or local competitions, Ariel always did her best. Her best was always good enough and even allowed her to compete at the Special Olympics Ohio State University. So many good times and good memories; Ariel will be greatly missed.

We extend our condolences to each of you and the family and pray for strength, comfort and peace as only God can give. 

Yours in Christ, Marion and Coach Vee
Posted by Shawnta Bailey on December 3, 2020
To My Sweet Ariel - I will always remember you & cherish my memories of you. I'll miss your smile, your hugs & listening to music with you. You rest now & check in on us all from time to time. I love you.

Uncle Johnny & Nita - Ariel was blessed to have your unconditional love, support & encouragement. May you find peace & comfort during this time. I love you.

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Posted by Debra Epps on December 5, 2020
To My Cousin Areil Howard you was so special and so blessed by many others and all your Family I Debra Shepherd Epps will never forget you when you was a baby and how we all shared Thanksgiving before last all togethet at Your Mom/carl house we all had so much fun together when your dad was there with all of us it was very special to have gotten that chance to spend with you I love you always and forever more my cousin gone but never forgotten you will be missed like crazy Areil love your cousin Debra Epps RIH gone but never forgotten!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️
Posted by Marion Witcher on December 4, 2020
Anita, Ariel was so blessed that God chose you guys as her parents. And we truly thank you for allowing her to be a part of our lives through His Ability Over Disability and the Special Olympics. Her smile, enthusiasm and attitude taught us important lessons about God's unconditional love.  Ariel's words, "Stay in your lane baby" during practices always put a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts. 

Whether in practice or local competitions, Ariel always did her best. Her best was always good enough and even allowed her to compete at the Special Olympics Ohio State University. So many good times and good memories; Ariel will be greatly missed.

We extend our condolences to each of you and the family and pray for strength, comfort and peace as only God can give. 

Yours in Christ, Marion and Coach Vee
Posted by Shawnta Bailey on December 3, 2020
To My Sweet Ariel - I will always remember you & cherish my memories of you. I'll miss your smile, your hugs & listening to music with you. You rest now & check in on us all from time to time. I love you.

Uncle Johnny & Nita - Ariel was blessed to have your unconditional love, support & encouragement. May you find peace & comfort during this time. I love you.
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Shared by Donna McGhee on December 4, 2020
To know Ariel is to LOVE Ariel!!!! Ariel Always brought sunshine wherever she set foot! I’m so thankful for being able to have gotten to know such a sweet sweet spirit. I can still hear her voice, saying, “Oh Donna!”  I have sooo many fond, funny and memorable stories and will cherish them always. To: Anita, Johnny, Chris, Hughie and Family- You All are in my prayers during this time. Ariel will be missed in her physical presence, but her spirit will forever live o in our hearts! <3