• TheDMonline.com Staff Member?
  • Log In
Share |

Howorth remembered for her spirit

She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion.
Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale.
“The Barksdale family has changed this university like none other,” said honors college dean Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez. “They have returned far more to us than we have ever given. They have created opportunities like the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and created multiple scholarship possibilities here and at the medical school.”
Howorth held an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995.
She continued her life in Oxford following law school graduation and in the 1990s she restored and opened a bed and breakfast, the Barksdale-Isom Home, an antebellum home just off the Oxford Square.
As a lover of the arts, Howorth supported the Ole Miss Women’s Council, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
Howorth was an avid decorator and collector of art, photography and antiques. Her love of the arts spiked her interests in Europe. Her many excursions included Cambridge, England and Paris.
She is survived by her husband, Circuit Judge Andrew K. Howorth; their children, Marian and Stewart; her father, Jim Barksdale and his wife, Donna; siblings, Betsy Pokorny (John) and David Barksdale (Stephanie); and Donna’s children, Jay, Ken (Suzanne) and Megan (Marty).
“Susan’s wit and charm endeared her to all who knew her,” Sullivan-Gonzalez said.