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Beverly J. Houchin

Published: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 3:29 p.m. CDT

MAZON, Ill. — Mrs. Beverly J. Houchin, 77, of Mazon, Ill., passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Morris Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, with the Rev. Tyler Carrell officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the funeral home. She will be buried in Oakwood Memorial Park in Ottawa.

Beverly was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Des Moines, Iowa, to William and Judith (Tungland) Pearson. She was a 1954 graduate from Ottawa High School. She worked at several area newspapers and covered the Grundy County Fair as a writer.

She worked for Federal Paper Board, Humiston Keeling, and retired from McKesson in June of 1998.

She married Keith Houchin on Dec. 24, 1954; he passed away April 22, 2010.

Mrs. Houchin lived in Mazon for over 50 years. She loved caring for her yard and decorating for the seasons. She and Keith spent many years in Bradenton, Fla., during the winter months. She loved and was so proud of all her children and grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren.

Beverly is survived by her two daughters, Keri (Greg) Wahl of Streator, Ill., and Kelli (Mike) Unger of Coal City, Ill.; three sons, Keith (Christine) Houchin of Channahon, Ill., Kirk (Cynthia) Houchin of Mazon, and Kris (Patty) Houchin of Morris, Ill.; two sisters, Shirley (Tom) Ruprecht of Sarasota, Fla., and Cathleen (Larry) Brewer of Glendora, Calif.; her sister-in-law, Marilyn (Steve) Wallace of Crossville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, Brian and Cory Wahl, Allison (Mark) Dunlap, Leslie (Derek) Broadstone, Natalie and Michael Unger, Jason and Daniel Houchin, Kara (Matthew) Mejia, and Megan, Amanda, and Mathew Houchin, and Steffanie (Marc) Naples; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Dunlap and Cameron Mejia; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Keith; two brothers, William Allen Pearson and Donald Lee Pearson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild in infancy.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Memorials may be directed to Mazon Centennial Park.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.ottawafuneralhome.com

Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home, 135 Lincoln St., Seneca, is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815-) 357-6172.

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