Deborah L. (Guess) Houghton

Deborah L. (Guess) Houghton

March 12, 1968 – February 14, 2022

Survived by husband, Bruce L. Houghton, M.D.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cleon and LaVern Houghton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alan and Alexandra Houghton and Daryl and Debbie Houghton, Drs. Caroline and Martin Tahara; nieces and nephew.

VISITATION: Thursday, February 17th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm at St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza.

VISITATION: Friday, February 18th from 12noon to 1pm with MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 1pm, all at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1308 Avenue “G” West, Wisner, Nebraska.  Interment: Wisner Cemetery in Wisner, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Harold Warp Pioneer Village Foundation, Nebraska Humane Society, Siena/Francis House, or Magis Clinic.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Anyone who knew Deborah, understood how much her pets meant to her. Something Bruce had no choice but to adapt to as well. When they first met, one of her cats, Toddles, jumped up onto his lap. Had that not happened, it would have probably been a ‘deal-breaker’ for her there and then. Bruce must have been approved by the pets because Deborah and Bruce were married in September 2002.

Her pets were ‘rescues’ and the All-Creatures Veterinary office staff would often joke, “If there is reincarnation, when I come back I want to be one of Deborah’s pets.”

Deborah loved her many Road Trips with Bruce, and they would take time near their wedding anniversary in the Fall to visit places around the country including Presidential Libraries and Museums, Great Lakes Lighthouses and the Shipwreck Museum on Lake Superior, The Alamo, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Roswell, New Mexico (I Want to Believe), Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks.

Her favorite out of state place to visit was the Black Hills, Custer State Park, and the Mount Rushmore area.  She truly found peace during visits there. She adored Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska and visited often.

Deborah produced scrapbooks with Cleon Houghton for her nieces and nephew.  She loved knitting and times spent with her friends from her knitting group at Personal Threads Boutique in Omaha were among her most cherished.

Deborah volunteered at Creighton University Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cuddling babies and was passionate about helping those in need.

Deborah was an exceptional source of joy to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce L. Houghton, M.D.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cleon and LaVern Houghton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alan and Alexandra Houghton and Daryl and Debbie Houghton, Drs. Caroline and Martin Tahara; nieces and nephew.





  • Jennifer Guss Posted February 16, 2022 4:18 pm

    I am so deeply sorry to learn of Deborah’s passing. I know she was just a wonderful wife to Bruce abs a loving person. My heart goes out to Bruce, And all of her r family and friend.

  • Helen Flyr Posted February 16, 2022 5:38 pm

    Bruce, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is always in my prayers.

  • Jon Eklund Posted February 16, 2022 6:21 pm

    Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

  • Cindy Schultz Posted February 16, 2022 7:17 pm

    Bruce, so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers!

  • Lisa Cronican-Wagner Posted February 16, 2022 7:20 pm

    We were very sorry to hear the sad news of Deborah’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to Bruce and the rest of the family. She will be greatly missed.

  • Tina Werner Posted February 16, 2022 8:57 pm

    My thoughts and Prayers to you, Dr Houghton, and your family.

  • Keri Foster Posted February 16, 2022 10:29 pm

    Bruce I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you in prayer

  • Shalini Bichala Posted February 16, 2022 11:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Brice and rest of the family. I will pray for strength for you in this difficult time. Deborah was truly loved! May her soul rest in peace🙏🏽

  • Steve Lanspa Posted February 17, 2022 8:34 am

    Margaret and I are sorry for your loss. You’re in our prayers.

  • PJ Malin Posted February 17, 2022 10:46 am

    Deborah Houghton was a profoundly kind woman who possessed the most loving, tender, and generous heart, ALL who were fortunate enough to know Deborah would describe her using the same word: sweet. Her voice was sweet, her giggle was sweet, and her soul was so sweet. I’ve never met someone who loved animals so passionately as Deborah. This modern day Snow White always had a trail of cats and dogs following her around in the house. Her love for animals was only surpassed by one thing: her love for Bruce. In Bruce, she found her real life Prince Charming and greatest love. Being his wife and being loved by him was truly her greatest joy. Bruce, there are no words to express the depth of my sympathy for your tremendous loss. Thank you for sharing her with us. I am deeply grateful for the time and memories I have with Deborah. When the sharp edges of grief dissipate, may you remember her adorable giggle clearly, and never forget how much she adored you.

  • Mianne Tripp, RN Posted February 17, 2022 11:18 am

    So, so sorry to hear of Deborah’s passing, Bruce. You and yours are in my thoughts, Mianne

  • Manasa Velagapudi Posted February 17, 2022 12:39 pm

    My deepest condolences to Dr.Houghton and family. Keeping You in my thoughts and paryers

  • Barry & Janet Manceaux Posted February 17, 2022 1:42 pm

    Dr. Houghton we are so deeply sorry to learn of your wife Deborah’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember the memories the two of you shared in your married life; they always stay with us being close in our hearts.

  • rev. william safranek Posted February 18, 2022 9:55 am

    Dr. HOughton,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of Deborah. May she rest in peace; and enjoy the beatitude of the saints, angels, and most blessed Trinity in heaven.

  • Azka Posted February 20, 2022 11:04 pm

    Dr. Houghton i am so sorry to hear about your loss. May she rest in peace. Please accept my deepest condolences, our prayers are with you and your family.

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