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Elizabeth “Skeeter” Houck, 89, of Westminster died Thursday, July 23, 2009 at her residence.

Born Sept. 22, 1919 in Pleasant Valley, she was the daughter of the late Ralph E. Koontz and Treva Deardorf Koontz.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Arthur Houck.

She graduated from Westminster High School in 1937.  Before retiring, she worked at Kaufman and Fisher Dept. Store in Westminster and then worked for Random House.  She was a member of the DAV Auxiliary Unit No. 22 in Westminster where she was the Past Commander and held numerous offices and state offices. She was also a member of the Jerome L. Day 29th Division Association No. 48 where she was the Past President of National, State, and Unit and held various offices, and was a life-member of the VFW Molleville Post No. 467 Auxiliary and life-member of the American Legion Carroll Post No. 31 Auxiliary. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by daughter Carol L. Simmons of Parkton; son and daughter-in-law Neil A. Houck and Robin Teal of Hampstead; grandchildren Toyah and husband Michael Nastanovich of York, Pa., Tinah Houck of York, Pa., Haile Houck of Hampstead, Lucinda Simmons and companion Adam Tinney of Littlestown, Pa.; and great-granddaughter Paris Elizabeth Kingan. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers Clayton T. and R. Eugene Koontz and sister Jacqueline Miller.

Funeral services were held at Fletcher Funeral Home, with the Rev. Melvina Stricklin, pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating.  Interment was in Hampstead Cemetery.

The Disabled Veterans Auxiliary conducted a memorial service. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1393 Progress Way, Suite 908, Eldersburg, MD 21784 or the American Lung Association of Maryland, 1840 York Rd., Suite M, Timonium, MD 21093.

Online condolences may be made at www.fletcherfuneralhome.net. 



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