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WALTON - Willa B. Houck, 93, of Walton, passed away Thursday afternoon, Jan. 25, 2018, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home.
Willie was born on March 20, 1924, in Wayne County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Jesse and Esther (Lambert) Hall. She was a graduate of Credo-Kenova High School.
Willie met her future husband when he was in the Navy. Virgil E. Houck and Willie were married on Jan. 26, 1945, at Catlettsburg, Kentucky. They made their home in San Diego, Imperial Beach, California, and Bainbridge Island, Washington, finally settling in Walton. Virgil died on March 18, 1999.
Willie had been employed by Western Union in West Virginia and California as an automatic operator, later Bendix in Sidney as a coil winder for airplanes. She also worked for many years as a secretary at Townsend Elementary School in Walton.
Willie is survived by two sons, William and Suzanne Houck of League City, Texas and Stephen and Gaye Houck of Walton; grandchildren, Vanessa Filla and Jason Houck of League City, Texas and Tarra Barnhart and Melissa Houck of Walton; great-grandchildren, Dustin Barnhart and Elijah Houck; sisters, Jesse Lee, Poway, California and Julia Harvey, San Diego; brother-in-law, Eric and Ruth Houck; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a sister, Sallie Gabrowski.
Friends and relatives are invited to call from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at Courtney Funeral Home, Walton, where services will follow at 2 p.m., with Pastor Larry Light officiating.
Burial will be in Walton Cemetery, Walton, in the spring.
Memorial contributions in Willie's name may be made to Heart of the Catskills Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753. Ms. Kitty, her companion for many years, came from this shelter.
Willie spent the last three years of her life in the Roscoe Nursing Home. The family thanks them for all of the support, kindness and love they gave her.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.courtneyfh.com.
Published on January 30, 2018
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