Mrs Mary Howarth (Idadoun)
Mary Howarth has passed away following a heart attack, in hospital, on Thursday morning 30th September 2004.
Mary was a kind, friendly & knowledgeable lady. Together with her late husband Eric, they gained their respect and learning within the breed at the Open Shows & Ch Shows in the early 1960s. Eric enjoyed showing his Standard. The first champion was made up in 1967.
This was the Miniature Ch Black Shadow of Idadoun who was then followed two years later by his son Ch Black Nonsense of Idadoun. Nonsense was then mated to a bitch owned by Ivan & Betty Strawson which produced Ch Tophill Top Grade of Idadoun. Sadly Eric died in the mid 1970s leaving a great whole in Mary's life, but thankfully the dogs & showing kept her going.
Mary's greatest winner was Ch Jolda Joshua of Idadoun, bred by John & Daphne MacDougall. He was an All Breed Best in Show winner & Top winning Miniature in 1983 - 1984 - 1985. ‘Josh’ was also a prolific producer.
Unfortunately, circumstances ended in a KC five year ban being enforced on Mary in 1986 which then prevented her from judging Mins at Crufts that year. Thankfully Mary was finally allowed to judge her beloved Miniatures at Crufts in 2002 (her final judging appointment)
Mary wasn't afraid to ‘stick her neck out’ when judging. At Birmingham National in 1976 she gave the Bitch CC to a seven month old pup at her first championship show. This became Ch Virnelle Stylistic, a daughter of the great Ch Mickey Finn of Montfleuri.
Mary went into partnership with Yvonne Knapper in the early 1990s when they imported the black male Harbovis Kwik Step at Sundust. This smaller type male became another prolific producer including the BIS winner Ch K Dansarella. He is in the pedigree of many of today's winners. Mary's last champion, is the multi CC winning Ch Idadoun Black N Notorious (Jacob) who was a Group 2 winner. He too is proving his worth as a sire.
For many years, Mary has been the best of friends with Connie and Norman Withington, spending a great deal of time together and supporting each other. I know that they are devastated by this loss.
Last year Mary decided that she could no longer cope with Miniatures so she bought a Toy male (Henry) from Jill Douglas and was enjoying showing him. Mary fell badly earlier this year and this had left her rather fragile. She felt that she couldn't do justice to her dog in the ring so stayed at home, sadly.
Luckily the dogs have been well cared for, at home, by their sitter Ann & now arrangements are being made for their well being by Ann James & Pat Gaulton.
Mary leaves two nieces, Gillian & Anne. I have known Gillian for years as she loved to come and support "Auntie Mary" especially at Crufts. To both girls and all family and friends, we send our condolences. She will be greatly missed.
Liz Holmes-Leak (Navarre)