Cecelia Rose Houck
Cecelia Rose Houck,
died peacefully at her home,
surrounded by family after living
fully 98 years.
Cece was born in Bend, OR,
one of 13 children. She married
Lynn Houck in 1939 and devoted
herself to be the best wife and
mother she could be. Cecelia and
Lynn raised 10 children, 7 boys
and 3 girls, first in Bend, followed
by several years in Corbett, and
finally living in Gresham.
Surviving children are Karen
Houck Carpenter, Bruce Houck (Judy), Lance Houck
(Cherry), Paul Houck (Chris), Mark Houck (Debbie),
Laurie Houck Johnson (Lyle), Matthew Houck (Kathy),
and Joseph Houck (Ann). She was preceded in death
by her daughter, Lynn Ann Horton (Kenneth) and son,
Christopher "Kit" Houck (June).
Cecelia learned to drive at age 54 and began a 20-year
career as a secretary at St. Henry Catholic Church. She
was active in her faith community, serving in a number
of ministries over the years.
After retiring, Cece traveled the world with her
children, visiting the Southeastern US, Hawaii, North
Dakota, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica,
Columbia and Italy. Cece loved sewing, needlework,
gardening, crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. She loved
music and dance, especially the polka. She loved life,
her faith, her children (10), grandchildren (26), greatgrandchildren
(39) and great-great-grandchildren (21).
A funeral Mass was held at St. Henry Catholic Church
on Monday, February 3.
Tributes may be made at www.greshamfuneral.com.