71 years old
Ardell was fatally shot by Howard, her husband of 52 years, while in her bedroom. After shooting Ardell, Howard, 74, turned the gun on himself. The couple was found a few days after the shooting by one of their adult sons and his wife. The police report indicates the couple had no known history of violence and family members believe the shootings were caused by Howard’s manic depression/bipolar disorder. Howard had been diagnosed with the illness 40 years earlier and was being treated at the time of the murder-suicide. Howard was the subject of a Harassment Restraining Order Injunction with a Firearm Restriction filed in June 1999. Ardell and Howard had three married adult sons and 6 grandchildren.