Joan Howard Manier, 88, of Darien, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, 2020, from natural causes.

She was born September 6, 1931 in Blackshear, the daughter of the late Emery Howard and Easter King Howard. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Paul King Howard, Ruthie Howard Sarratt and Katy Howard Jones and her nephew, Stephen Howard Benton.

Early in her life, the Howard family moved to St. Simons Island and she graduated from Glynn Academy in Brunswick as a member of the Honor Society. She went on to train in dental hygiene, a profession she pursued for 35 years. She was an avid reader often devouring two or more books at a time. Her additional passions were knitting, sewing and especially cooking. She had the capability to turn anyone into friend. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving when she would open her home to anyone who would be alone that day. Her life was full of friends and her home always had at least a dog and a cat.

At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick, she served as a loyal choir member, a leader in the Alpha program and was active in Cursillo, serving on staff on several occasions. While there she trained as an Education for Ministry (EFM) Mentor and began a long career of shepherding folks through that theological education program from the Seminary at Sewanee.

At St. Mark’s Towers, she was a magical Activities Director who could always turn a group of residents into a roomful of smiles. She edited and published the cookbook, Lovin’ Spoonfuls II, for the new building fundraiser. 

After moving to Darien at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, she became a leader in the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), serving a term as a President, supporting the local scholarship program and was Secretary to the President of the Diocese of Georgia ECW. She was a delegate to The Triennial Gathering of the ECW at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. She continued as a Mentor in EFM and was a popular regular contributor to the monthly newsletter of St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s Churches. She was also a joyful choir member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the local Community Choir. 

Her greatest gift was as a pastoral care provider. She had the rare ability to provide a non-judgmental, attentive ear to persons in need of a true friend in Christ. 

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cathy Miller Jacobson and her husband Bill, Greenville, SC; sister Lili Howard Juliano; nieces and nephews, Kim Stocker, Michael Benton, Joan Sarratt, Christopher Sarratt and Ander Jones; her sweet dog, Sushi, now living with a wonderful friend and neighbor and her large loving church family.

A celebration of her life will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Darien, when we are once again able to safely gather together. 

To celebrate her life and her compassion for animals, contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Animal Resource Team (HART), McIntosh County or to celebrate her devotion to others, contributions may be made in her memory to Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home of Brunswick is entrusted with arrangements. 


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