Bernardo Jose Howard
May 17, 1962  -  April 14, 2017

Bernardo Jose Howard

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Memorial Service
Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, April 21, 2017
3:00 p.m.
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Memorial services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Terpening & Son Mortuary Chapel for Bernado Jose Howard of Artesia. New Mexico.

Bernardo Howard, 54, passed away on the evening of Friday April 14, in Lubbock, TX with both of his daughters by his side. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Bernardo was born in Sidgewick County, Witchita, KS on May 17, 1962 to Dan and Enedena (Chavez) Howard. As a teen, Bernardo excelled academically and as an athlete. Bernardo attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Here he made a huge impact on the community and his peers. He participated in multiple activities throughout his school. Bernardo was active in baseball, basketball, track and field, and choir. Bernardo placed multiple school records which still stand as of today. Out of high school, Bernardo signed pro with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bernardo went on to play for the Phillies for four years. Upon leaving the Phillies, Bernardo relocated himself to Artesia, New Mexico. Once in Artesia, Bernardo was blessed with two young daughters. Shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Bernardo enrolled in college for a medical degree. He served in the medical industry for 22 years before his health and sight started to decline. He was diagnosed as a diabetic and was legally blind in his late 40’s. Even faced with his blindness, Bernardo enrolled himself into the Alamogordo School of the Blind and into National American University in pursuit of his 2nd Bachelors degree. Bernardo went on to graduate from the School of the Blind as well as graduate with a 4.0 GPA and honors from National American University.
Anyone who knew Bernardo knew he was full of life, love, and laughter. He loved to sing and dance with his grandchildren. Bernardo could always be seen with a smile on his face and his heart on his sleeve. Bernardo is survived by two daughter Santana Howard and Sahara Howard(Skye Huerta), his fiance Mary Matthews, two sisters Patty Howard and Maria Howard along with her husband Eddie. Bernardo is also survived by all six of his brothers Daniel Lee Howard and his wife Theresa, David Howard, Armando Howard and his wife Latonya Howard, Michael Howard, Roberto Howard, and Rick King. Bernardo, also, has three grandchildren Ayden J’siah Howard, J’syn Trae Huerta, and Mi’Reyah Aryanna Ochoa.


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  1. Paula Dooley
    Artesia, NM

    Oh such sweet memories I have of Bernard. He was a CNA on night shift at Artesia Good Samaritan when I worked there as the night nurse.
    He was a very kind man, took wonderful care of our residents.
    He was another blessing GOD put in my life.
    Blesding and Prayers to his BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

  2. Dionna Mosley-Vallejos
    Roswell, NM

    I wasn't aware that he passed. He was a Resident Advisor for the ENMU-Roswell back in the early to mid 90's for Upward Bound in which he monitored and inspired 50 young high school kids throughout the summer. I remember when he used to call random room checks and would check the oddest places to see if we cleaned. Lol He was a strong and determined man that made a difference in MANY of our young lives back then. I called him "B". I'm blessed to have him on video from my teen years. He was very special to me and he always remembered me when I saw him. May his children know what a difference he made in our lives and how special he was. Godspeed B....

  3. Mary Matthews
    Artiesea, NM

    Bernardo. I will miss you more than I have words for. We have wonderful memories , shared many laughs, we were best friends and most importantly we shared true love in the end. You were my Heart, my happiness , my world. You will be missed by everyone you have ever touched. My sweet handsome man, you are now my angel. I love you!!

  4. Manny Gomez

    May the Lord comfort the family! Bernardo was a great example for all and will be sorely missed!

  5. Williams Family

    Condolences to the Howard family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.

  6. Tom Harvey
    Andrews, TX

    I hate to hear of Bernardo's passing. I haven't been home much over the last 30 years and haven't seen Bernardo in many years. He was very kind and an extremely positive person. I know he gave every bit of himself away in love, caring and kindness. Prayers to his family. He left a great legacy for his children and grandchildren.

  7. Rictoria (Ricki) Leach Bober
    Burlington, KS

    Bernardo's in the sun, the wind, the rain. He is the air you breathe with every breath you take. He sings a song,of hope & cheer, there's no more pain, no more fear. You'll see him in the clouds above, hear his whisper words of love. You'll be together before long, until then his for his song & remember the incredible loving memories you shared with love. ❤

    Childhood friend whom will always keep him and his memories in the heart. ❤

  8. Elizabeth Smith
    Wichita, KS

    Our condolences to the children, grandchildren, fiance, brothers and sisters of Bernardo Howard. We are sorry we are unable to make the funeral but want you to know you are are lifted up in prayer. We will truly miss Bernardo and all his funny jokes. Love you!! Aunt Gig, Uncle Bob, Charlie, Libby, Jayla, Victoria and Jayden (Howard) (Smith) family.

  9. sylvia
    Artesia, NM

    My condolences to his daughters and grandchildren. And to his family that he left behind but u now have a (ANGEL) who will be watching all over his loving family. I got the pleasure to meet him not only as a neighbor but threw a cousin of his who is also a cousin of mine. Am am so grateful to have gotten to meet a kind, funny and very smart man who talked so proud if his grandkids! R.I.P Bernando

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