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Claudia Rentrop, age 91, of San Augustine passed away on Dec. 5, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center after a brief illness. A memorial service was held on Dec. 7 at Attoyac Baptist Church, San Augustine where she had been a long-time member. Graveside services will be held at the Benjamin Cemetery on a date to be determined.
Claudia graduated from Benjamin High School in 1945 with a graduating class of eight, two of which are still living. She attended El Paso Community College, Midwestern University in Wichita Falls and Memphis State University in Memphis, TN.
In recent years she worked for the City of San Augustine as a tour guide at Mission Dolores. She was an active member of the Chireno Historical Society and worked as a volunteer at Care and Share in San Augustine until her death. Previously she was a volunteer for Hospice and the Women’s Shelter in Nacogdoches. She was known in her community for her dedication to helping those in need and rescuing abandoned animals.
In prior years she worked as executive secretary to the Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Dean of Education at Memphis State University and Dean of Texas Tech School of Medicine in El Paso. In her later years, she was employed by the US Department of Labor in a program which helped seniors re-enter the workforce.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene E. Howse, Jr.; parents Wiman and Myrtle Coody Meinzer; brothers Louis, Bob, Pate, Doug, Buck and Wylie Joe; sister Nela Beth Meinzer Swaner; grandson Blaine Neal Howse and his mother Sandra Gayle Prater Howse; and son-in-law Jimmy Borum.
Survivors include sons Eugene E. Howse, III and wife Penny, James Michael Howse and wife Imajean, all of Mansfield; daughters Lina E. Borum of Borger, Carla Joanne Ellis and husband Ronnie and Marjorie Dell Artalejo, all of El Paso; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons as well as many relatives and friends.