Homegoing of Denise Michelle Howard-Latture
Denise was born to the marriage union of Bona Lorraine Honabach and Michael Dennis Howard, January 1975. Bona preceded her in death on January 20, 2017. Denise’s first homeduring her parent’s union was located on an ocean front, which undoubtedly gave rise to her love of beach fronts, by which she spent much time. Thus, the beach bluff overlooking the shore line at Junipero and Ocean Blvd in Long Beach is a fitting setting to embrace her memory during her homegoing memorial service in Long Beach, the city of her passing.
During her entire life she was known as the person with a loving and affectionate smile with patient and quiet mannerisms. During her childhood she was referred to by others as little Shirley Temple, the girl with the cute, curly hair.
Denise loved reading and books and travel. Days before her passing she could be found diligently reading books and novels and other literary materials at the downtown Long Beach Public Library. In fact, during the time preceding her transition she helped her father with the 100 page vocabulary study guide for the soon to be released BooBoo the Lion book series, which is dedicated in part to her memory.
Denise loved helping others and worked a variety of jobs as a server or hostess at many fine dining establishments. She also spent much time with her mother, Bona, who was an accomplished toy designer for Mattel and Disney Corporation and founder of PetSave Foundation.
Denise spent many hours caring for injured and rescued animals both at her mother’s Torrance home and many animal rescue shelters over many years that her mother spent rescuing abandoned and abused animals. The last shelter was located in Hawthorne.
Denise graduated from Torrance High School and immediately attended Los Angeles Harbor College graduating with an Associate of Arts degree. From there she attended modeling school, going on to enter modeling events in California and New York. Denise also attended culinary school and excelled at cooking many delicious meals.
Denise was married briefly before attending Sonoma State in northern California. Through her many challenges Denise was always seen giving others a smile or a gracious hug and well wishes, though she herself suffered from depression.
She has now passed from this land of shadows to one of eternal light and glory. Her passing was 1 day before her mother’s birthday. Her heart broken father and friends proclaimed she probably left us early to go say in timely fashion, “Happy Birthday Mom. I think I will come and stay awhile with you and uncle Bill”.
She’s leaves to cherish her memory her father, Michael Dennis Howard, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.