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Carrie Howe

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May 17, 1964-March 27, 2011

Carrie Sue Howe, 46, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and her loving family.

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Carrie was born to Thomas and Sharon (Hanbury) Howe on May 17, 1964 in Fargo. Her family moved to Minneapolis when she was one year old. The family also lived in Sauk Centre and Detroit Lakes. Carrie graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1982. She participated on the swimming and golf teams.

Carrie lived in Austin, Texas for four years and married Jhon Brinegar. They had one son, Phillip. She returned to Detroit Lakes and worked as a pharmacy technician at DL Pharmacy.

Carrie married Leonard Schwindt in Detroit Lakes and they had three children: William, Madison and Benjamin.

Carrie graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Nursing in 1996. She worked as a critical care nurse in Fargo, Detroit Lakes, Minneapolis, and most recently at the St. Cloud Hospital, until ill health forced her retirement. She was a dedicated nurse and cared deeply for her patients.

Carrie was a loving mother who enjoyed every minute with her children. Her favorite activities were flower gardening, dancing and summer fun at Toad Lake. She moved to Detroit Lakes in 2009 to be near family.

Surviving Carrie are her children, Phillip Brinegar, William, Madison and Benjamin Schwindt; brothers, Steven (Shelly) Howe of Edina and Neil (Michelle) Howe of Plymouth; parents, Tom and Sharon Howe of Frazee; grandmother, Alma Hanbury of Frazee; and her nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friend and companion, Christian VonNeiderhausern.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Irvin and Minnie Howe and Gus Hanbury.

Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with visitation one hour prior to services.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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