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Obituary for Nicki L. Howerton (Bubany)

Nicki L. (Bubany) Howerton, age 73, of Carl Junction, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at her home surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Nicki was born on November 3, 1946 in Carthage to the late Frank and Shirley (Vaughn) Bubany. She was a 1964 graduate of Carterville High School. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a sales representative for Philip Morris USA; owned Crane Family Foods; and managed North Carolina Furniture Mart.

Nicki is survived by her husband of 35 years, Terry Howerton; sister Cheryl Waldo, of Lockwood, MO; half-brother Frank Bubany, of Denver, CO; son Chuck Cruzan, of Eagle Rock, MO; daughter Angela Consani and son-in-law Quint, of Basehor, KS; daughter Brandy Jones and son-in-law Dustin, of Roland, AR; stepson Terry Howerton Jr. and husband Rich Aleong of Chicago, IL; stepdaughter Hilliary Howerton (deceased); grandsons, Max Stults and Reese Consani, both of Basehor, KS; and granddaughters, Victoria Howerton and Christian Kilpatrick, both of Chicago, IL. Nicki also had a large extended family that she loved dearly, including 7 grandpuppies.

A graveside committal of ashes will be held at the Carl Junction Cemetery on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin or Carthage Humane Society and may be entrusted to the mortuary. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory, Joplin.