Rae Geaslin Howard
1934 ~ 2014
Preacher said it best in Ecclesiastes. "To every thing
there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to
heal; a time to break down and a time to build up. A time
to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time
to dance. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep
silence, and a time to speak. A time to love; a time of
Rae's "time to be born" was on December 7, 1934
in Haskell, Oklahoma to Anna Seals and Clifford Metcalf.
Her mother told her that she was an exceptionally welcomed
and pleasant child. Rae always teased that she was her mama’s
Her "time to die" was a quarter of a century
ago, but as He did for King Hezekiah, the Lord graciously
lengthened her years on earth until Saturday, February 8,
2014, when Rae was welcomed back to her first home following
complications from surgery.
"A time to plant." Rae was planted in a harsh
climate, but the attitudes and habits she developed and
the experiences she had in the many places she lived growing
up, made her sturdy. After graduating from high school in
Texas, she thrived in the soil and climate of Utah, and
was blessed to flower and bear fruit through the changing
seasons of her life there.
Part of Rae's "time to get" included her years
of learning at Brigham Young University and Emporia (Kansas)
State University. It was while at BYU that her search for
truth brought her to a "time to break down" the
many traditions and beliefs that were burdens for her, and
she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. She was taught the principles of the restored gospel
by a professor who loved her with the pure love of Christ.
She had never felt that kind of love before. Above all else
in Rae's life, she desired to learn to love like that--so
she could serve and bless her family and others as she had
been served and blessed. She rejoiced in the callings she
had as a covenant disciple of Jesus Christ, especially the
opportunities to teach her family, the youth, and her sisters
in the Church; also as a ward, stake and service missionary,
and as a temple worker in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.
"A time to love." Rae was sealed to her love,
Kenneth M. Howard in the Salt Lake Temple on March 16, 1956.
He has truly been the wind beneath her wings. Her continuing
education in how to be an eternal wife and mother was the
best and the most rigorous adventure of her life. Her four
children-teachers are the stars in her crown. Michael Howard,
her indigo child of the universe; Scott Howard (Kimberli),
her child of light and truth; Dallas Harris (Richard), her
child of enduring grace and joy; and Rachel Humphrey (Todd),
her ancient child of wisdom.
The world has been Rae's neighborhood, with her love felt
near and far. That love fueled a great desire to help relieve
pain and suffering, and brought her to a "time to heal"
and a "time to speak" mostly manifested in the
context of her family's business. Her family--including
her mother, Dr. Anna Geaslin--opened the first of the chain
of Good Earth Natural Food Markets in 1973 in Provo, Utah.
Over time, she, her husband Ken, and her children, became
part of the growing movement in our country which emphasized
maintaining wellness and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Rae spent twenty-five years writing legislation; training
and organizing coalition and grassroots lobbying efforts
nationally; testifying before state legislatures, Presidential
Commissions, the FDA, FTC and the National Institutes of
Health on issues relating to health and health care--such
as regulatory and administrative rules, Good Manufacturing
Practices for dietary supplements, professional licensing
codes, and amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic
Act. Rae served as President of the Rocky Mt. Nutritional
Foods Association and then as President of the National
Nutritional Foods Association. She was instrumental in the
development of the landmark legislation, The Dietary, Supplement,
Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
"A time to build up." Rae loved this precious
land which the Lord calls "holy," and considered
her citizenship in the United States of America a sacred
privilege and stewardship. She was consistently involved
in her community and in the political process where ever
she lived. Beginning with her first grandson when he was
five years old, she took grandchildren door-to-door with
campaign literature every election cycle--after discussing
with them the positions and qualifications of each candidate.
It was a joy for her to take older ones to the state capitol
to teach them how to lobby and present their views to legislators,
to special political events and activities, and to Washington
D.C. on lobbying trips.
Like most mothers, Rae’s best years were spent in
"a time to laugh and a time to dance" at hundreds
of ball games, track meets, music lessons and recitals,
school programs and rehearsals, races, competitions, PTA
meetings, helping with homework, school and community projects,
sharing missions, and being involved with the ideas and
interests that her children and grandchildren loved.
Rae said that now, for those who love her, it's a "time
to mourn;" but only a little! She temporarily leaves
behind her husband Kenneth; three of her children and their
companions, twenty-one grandchildren who call her Mama Rae--four
whom she helped deliver and three whom she helped home school;
2 great grand children; her sister-in-law Greta Metcalf;
her sister-in-love, Rosemary Minervini; and many beloved
and dear friends.
"A time to embrace" those who have gone ahead.
And she certainly has! Her mother and father; stepfather,
Dr. Tom Geaslin; her firstborn son, Michael; her tiny granddaughter,
Makenna Humphrey who came and left as softly as a song upon
the wind; her little grandson and prince, Keaton Howard;
son-in-law Art Berg; and brothers Clifford W. Metcalf and
Tommy Geaslin. With great anticipation, she looks forward
to the best-ever, Howard family reunion in the very near
future. It will be a "time of peace," and will
take place early on a beautiful, glory-filled morning. She
invites all to join us!
In the meantime, please gather with our family as we attend
our last meeting together with her--for a while--in thanksgiving
and praise to Father for his love and for all of the "times"
in our life, including this "time to say good-bye."
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from
6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North
900 East in American Fork. Funeral services will be held
TWO DAYS LATER on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
at the Lehi 49th LDS Ward Chapel, 851 North 1200 East in
Lehi with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services.
Interment will be at Timpanogos Memorial Gardens, 1000 North
400 East in Orem.
Donations in Rae’s honor may be made to American
Heritage School for Keaton’s light, a perpetual program
benefiting their library by purchasing children’s
books. Send c/o Dallas Harris, P.O. Box 246, American Fork,