ROCKLAND – Germaine G. Howard, 71, wife of Emery B. Howard Jr., died peacefully Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at home, after a long illness. She was born Jan. 10, 1936, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Perley and Nellie Mitchell Moulton. She attended local schools and was valedictorian of Bingham High School, Class of 1954. She continued her education at Pratt Diagnostic School of Medical Technology, graduating in 1956. After moving to Rockland, she was employed at Knox County General Hospital as a medical technician in the laboratory. On Dec. 14, 1957, she married Emery B. Howard Jr. The couple moved to Boston, and Mrs. Howard was employed in a hematologist’s office associated with Mass General while her husband attended Tufts Medical School. In 1960, they moved to Portland, where her husband served his internship at Maine Medical Center. On July 1, 1963, the couple settled in Rockland. She was a longtime and active member of the Rockland Congregational Church, where she regularly attended Tuesday’s luncheons. For several years she served as church school superintendent and created magnificent Sunday floral arrangements. She was active in the school lives of her children and served as a teacher’s aide, before that position was standardized. Mrs. Howard was a devoted mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was predeceased by her son, Emery B. Howard III, in 1999. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Emery B. Howard Jr., M.D. of Rockland; two sons, Mark D. Howard of San Francisco and Gregory S. Howard of Owls Head; one sister, Methyl McColler of Bingham; two granddaughters, Rebecca L. Howard of Thomas-ton, and Julia A. Howard of South Thomaston; and great-grandchild, Noah Lachance. At the request of Mrs. Howard’s family no public services will be held. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Abiding Memorial Fund of Rockland Congregational Church, P.O. Box 554, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.