Margie Sara May Houston

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Margie Sara May Houston, age 95, of Lamar, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Carthage, Mo.

Margie was born Oct. 25, 1914, in Stotes-bury, the youngest of the six children of Abram and Kathryn (Boyd) Rutherford. She graduated from Stotesbury High School in 1933 and attended Fort Scott College. On Sept. 23, 1935, at Nevada, Margie married Homer Houston, and they had celebrated 49 years together before his death on April 19, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Hugh, Roscoe, and Russell Rutherford; two sisters, Hildred Politte and Martha Belle Bryce; and a grandson, Steven De Witt.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Sarabelle and Steve De Witt, Lamar, Kathy and Larry Onstott, Lamar; and Becky and Mike Pickering, Carthage; ten grandchildren, Todd De Witt, Trisha Stettler, Ashley De Witt, Berry Onstott, Kendra Huntley, Shelly Bryant, Kylene Powell, Derek Moser, Russell Pickering, and Lisa Cole; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

In addition to being a homemaker, Margie had held a variety of jobs and worked many different places, including the Lake City Defense Plant during World War II; Russell Stover and Montgomery Ward in Kansas City; and O'Sullivan Industries in Lamar. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Margie's greatest pleasure was her family. She was a wonderful cook and an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed basketball, had been an avid fisherman, and proudly wore the title of "shopaholic." Margie was a member of Lamar Assembly of God Church and the O'Sullivan Retirees.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at West Liberty Cemetery near Stotesbury with pastor Derek Moser officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at