Ava Michelle Howland, 24, lost her battle with addiction on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Ava was a free spirited soul who lived in the moment. Ava loved her family and spending time with them creating memories, lots of laughter and always making sure there was a photo opportunity, for they will last a lifetime.

Ava loved the beach, shopping and being who she was in the moment.

For many years, Ava was a member of P.F.C.A. and was a competitive cheerleader. She enjoyed hitting the mats and traveling all over with her 1st and life long best friend and cousin, Allyson Nicol.

Ava was preceded in death by her father, Stephen Howland III. Surviving Ava is her mother, Debbie Howland; her stepbrother, Stephen Howland IV (Susan); a niece, Noemi; and nephew Cole.

Ava will also be sadly missed by her grandparents, Carol & Michael Ruszin Jr.; uncle Jason Ruszin (Heather); Dion Ruszin (Linda); cousins, JJ and Jalyn Ruszin and Jennifer and Collin McCormick.

She will also be missed by her grandparents, Sam and Alison Nicol; aunts, Tina Grady (Bill), Natalie and Sarah Nicol; uncles, Sam (Brandi) and Dan (Jackie) Nicol; as well as many cousins, friends and loved ones.

Ava's celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 1:30 until 3:30 pm, at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown.

At the request of Ava's family, please wear purple in support of Overdose Awareness.