Janice Linnell Howie
September 13, 1945 - February 14, 2024

Janice (Linnell) Howie of Tampa, Florida passed away on February 14, 2024 at the age of 78. Jan was predeceased by her parents Wendell & Elsa(Nilsson) Linnell, her loving husband John Howie, brother William Linnell, and nephew Brad Linnell. She is survived by her nephew Bill Linnell, niece Suzanne Harrop/husband Robert ,sister-in-law Herta Linnell, brother-in-law James Howie, sister-in-law Mary Ann Howie, nieces Lisa Howie & Monica Thompson, nephew Paul Howie, great niece Marlee Rose Linnell, great nephew Greyson Linnell, along with many other  loving friends & family.

Jan was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 13th 1945, where she grew up and attended high-school. Her path then took her to Grinnell College where she studied history and met her husband John. Later in life, her passion for health  and exercise physiology  led to her return to school and a Master’s  Degree in Health Promotion.

Jan was a lover of animals, the outdoors, water, and travel. Her & John’s travels brought them across the globe, including Africa and New Zealand! She brightly shared all of their adventures and memories with family.

She and John retired  to Florida, where  her love of nature & belief in conservation blossomed. Jan spent her years advocating for causes she cared deeply for including green energy, environmental conservation, the protection of wildlife, and civil rights issues. She dedicated her life to volunteerism, and was most proud of her involvement in building a state of the art animal shelter. She shared her time and talents with many conservation groups. Jan served as conservation chair for the Native Plant Society, was a member of the Environmental Lands Acquisitions Committee for Pasco County, and was a volunteer wilderness firefighter.

Jan was a self described, “water baby”, and her love of oceans, lakes, and rivers was contagious. She and John frequently shared this love with family, inviting them to volunteer together at the beach, enjoying time on their boat, or kayaking at their lake home. Jan found such joy in life when on the water. Unsurprisingly, Jan’s wishes were to be cremated and returned to the same nature & waters that brought such light to her life.

Jan is remembered as a fiercely strong, loving, intelligent, witty, and dedicated woman. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Together,  Jan and John formed the

John K. and  Janice L. Howie Foundation to support the charities important to them. Their legacy will continue for years to come.

If you wish, a memorial donation may be made to: The Ocean Conservancy, The Cincinnati Zoo – Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (C. R. E. W.), The World Wildlife Fund, or The Nature Conservancy.

For your convenience, links for the above organizations, that Jan cared deeply for, can be found below.

The Ocean Conservancy:


The Cincinnati Zoo – CREW :


The World Wildlife Fund :


The Nature Conservancy :



  • Bernadette Russo Posted February 22, 2024 8:41 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Janice once , and spending time with her through the holidays… although I felt like I knew her for sometime through her nephew, Greyson, who speaks so highly of her and loved her deeply, Such a wonderful woman… I feel blessed to have met Janice. R.I.P.

  • Amy Miller Posted March 10, 2024 9:33 pm

    I am still finding it impossible to accept that the ABSOLUTE FORCE OF NATURE known as Jan Howie is no more. It wasn’t too many years ago that I found myself in decent shape but seriously sweating in my kayak to keep up with the kayak of my inspiring fish sister 30 YEARS my senior. She’s always been amazing, one-of-a-kind, and unabashedly herself, and I am incredibly lucky to have had her friendship for most of my life. Jan with all of her “Jan-ness” established permanent residence in a huge chunk of my heart a very long time ago. I love her, miss her terribly, and really feel for the many others who are also painfully struggling with the passing of this phenomenon of a human being as her status of living legend progresses to simply legendary.

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