Mary Julia Houston

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TRUMANN - Mary Julia Houston, age 89, of Trumann, died Feb. 12, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones' Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Trumann to the late J. F. and Virginia Lady. She was retired from the Trumann School District as high school guidance counselor. Mrs. Houston was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Trumann. After graduating from Baylor University in Waco, Tex., she returned to Trumann in 1949 to marry her high school sweetheart, Alvis N. Houston, Sr.

Initially a housewife, she began teaching sixth grade math in Trumann in 1965. While teaching, she earned her master's degree in counseling from Arkansas State University, and she became the high school guidance counselor for Trumann in 1972. She had a great love for her students, and nothing gave her more satisfaction than assisting students in furthering their education and in preparing them for life. She loved her family and her church. She and her late husband enjoyed preparing the sacraments for the Lord's Supper for many years. She also created a prayer room at the church in loving memory of her parents. She imparted her love for the Lord and for education to her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvis N. Houston, Sr.; her parents, J. F. and Virginia Lady; and brother, Frank Lady.

Survivors include daughter, Sharon Davis, and her husband, Bob, Chattanooga, Tenn.; son, Noyl Houston, and his wife, Teresa, Jonesboro; son, John Thomas Houston, and his wife, Leanna, Fayetteville; grandchildren, Katherine Bozick, and her husband, Travis, Tyler, Tex., Elizabeth Tilley, and her husband, Greg, Huntersville, NC, Rebecca Smith, and her husband, Rob, Lowell, Ark., Caroline Houston, Fayetteville, Ben Houston, Fayetteville, and Mary Houston, Fayetteville; and great grandchildren, Andrew Bozick, and Robert Bozick, Tyler, Tex. Survivors also include her sisters, Virginia Francis Norfleet, Lee's Summit, MO and Lena Jo Wornat, Pearl River, Louis.; and sister-in-law, Sue Lady, Jonesboro.

After residing in Trumann most of her life, in 2009, she moved to Culpepper Place in Jonesboro, and recently to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Gratitude is expressed to her caregivers, Wanda Hastings, Jan Brannan, and Emily Atkins, as well as the staffs of Culpepper Place and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Trumann, Saturday, Feb. 14 with Rev. Mike Martin and Rev. John Maley officiating. Burial followed at Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers included Quention Fletcher, Wayne Gairhan, Derek Walton, Dr. Kemp Childs, Wes Osment and Matt Moon.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 575, Trumann, AR 72472.

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