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Marion R. Houghton

MORRISVILLE – Marion Ruth Houghton, 82, of Morrisville passed away peacefully, on Saturday, October 22, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville with her family at her side.

She was born October 6, 1940 in Walden, one of 12 children born to the late Albert and Elsie (Sheltra) Lanphear. She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

On June 14, 1958, she married Harold Elwyn Houghton at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick.

They made their home in St. Johnsbury for a short time while Harold attended barber school. In 1963, they relocated to Morrisville where they made their home and raised their children.

Marion was employed by Sweet and Burt Oil Company, for several years, and for more than 30 years, she was a bartender for the VFW, both in Morrisville. She retired in the early 2000s.

Marion was a member of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish; the VFW women’s auxiliary and the American Legion women’s auxiliary. She was an avid Red Sox Fan. Marion loved time with her family. Her great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Other enjoyments include, dancing and watching older movies on television, such as “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

Survivors include two daughters: Shelley Merriam and her husband, William of Morrisville and Karen Stephens of Ten Mile, Tenn.; three grandchildren: David McAllister and his wife, Kristi and Nicole McAllister, all of Morrisville, Jennifer Hartshorn and her husband, Tyler of St. Johnsbury; seven great-grandchildren: Kason Lang, Kai and Callum Hartshorn, Ella, Bayden, Brody, and Emberly McAllister; two step-great-grandchildren, Makayla and Morgan Krebs; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Houghton on January 11, 2010; and eight siblings, Francese Cochran, Gloria Godfrey, Wayne Lanphear, Bud Lanphear, Alfred Lanphear, Dale Lanphear, Verlie Tillotson and Ruth Lamell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Morrisville with Father Jon Schnobrich, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 828, Morrisville, VT 05661.

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick. Online condolences are welcomed at:

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