Maurice Attorney Scott Dartez swears in Sherry Howell as an Alderwoman. Howell is joined by Bethel Howell, her mother-in-law. Howell is filling the seat left vacant by the sudden death her husband, Lynn.
Maurice swears in new alderwoman Sherry Howell
MAURICE — More than 50 people packed into Wednesday’s Village of Maurice Board of Aldermen meeting to see Sherry Howell officially sworn in to take the seat left vacant by the sudden death of her husband, Lynn.
Lynn Howell, who served for two years as an alderman in Maurice, passed away on Jan. 11. Sherry Howell accepted the invitation to fill her late husband’s seat on Jan. 18. The move became official Wednesday, when Howell took oath in front of dozens of family and friends.
“I wasn’t really nervous,” Howell said, “because I was surrounded by family and friends. To look out and see all that support is giving me the strength to do what I am doing.
“I have a great support system.”
Among those in attendance were Howell’s children and grandchildren as well as her father, Charles Sherman. Lynn Howell’s parents, Ernest and Bethel, also made the trip from DeRidder. Bethel Howell held the Bible as Sherry Howell took her oath.
“That was such a special moment,” Sherry Howell said.
While her family and friends have offered plenty of support, so, too, have Maurice officials. Howell said Mayor Wayne Theriot, Alderwoman Phyllis Johnson and Alderman Kenneth “Keno” Picard have shown tremendous support.
“They have welcomed me with open arms,” Howell said. “They are willing to help and guide me.”
Howell will serve as an alderwoman until a special election can be held in October.
“I am ready to take on my responsibility,” Howell said. “I am ready for the challenge.”
Helping Howell to face her new role will be her 20-plus years of experience as a business owner and hairstylist.
“Having my career for as long as I have,” Howell said, “I have been able to hear a lot of concerns. I am willing to try to help take care of whatever needs they have.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone in the village.”