Sarah L. Howard, club secretary

Sarah L. Howard, a former social club membership secretary who had lived in Baltimore, died June 18 of heart failure at her home in Greenville, S.C.

She was 52.

Sarah Little Howard was born in Baltimore and raised in Cockeysville and Towson. She was a 1976 graduate of Dulaney High School. She was also a graduate of Towson Stratford Business College.

In 1970, she was the recipient of a scholarship to study classical piano at Peabody Institute Preparatory School of Music.

Ms. Howard worked as a secretary and a bank teller in Baltimore before moving in 1989 to Vero Beach, Fla., when she took a job as membership secretary at John's Island Club.

She was a member of the Indian River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Vero Beach Art Club and was a founder of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 675.

Ms. Howard was a member of Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach.

In addition to playing the piano, Ms. Howard painted in watercolors and acrylics.

A month ago, Ms. Howard and her fiance, James Douglas Yates, had moved to Greenville.

"Sarah saw and conveyed beauty, brightness and caring in countless things, amongst her work, art and relationship with others," said a sister, Elizabeth Shaner of Perry Hall.

Ms. Howard was a fourth-generation member of Grace United Methodist Church in North Baltimore, where services were held July 2.

In addition to her fiance and sister, Ms. Howard is survived by her daughter, Carah Elizabeth Yarema of Vero Beach; her mother, Bettie Jean Howard of Baltimore; a brother, Roderick S. Howard of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; two other sisters, Amanda Martin of Sacramento, Calif., and Mary Kay Strobel of Charlestown, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews. Her marriage to Carl Yarema ended in divorce.