Debra H. Houghton
February 18, 1956 – December 23, 2023
It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge that our family has lost its center. Debra’s journey ended on December 23, 2023. We are confident that she was welcomed into a greater life – one without pain, fatigue, or constraints.
Although she was unbelievably courageous in dealing with the infirmities of her body, her life was defined by her irresistible love and her kind and caring heart. Debra believed that each person she was privileged to meet was special. She sought to know them, learn what they loved, what they were proud of and their hopes for the future that they were willing to share.
We have so appreciated the outpouring of calls and notes from those with whom she shared her life. The common thread of those remembrances is her warmth, her welcoming spirit, and her authentic caring for those whose lives intersected with hers.
We are all better versions of ourselves for having known and experienced her generous spirit. Her memory is cherished by her family from whom she took immense joy. Her husband, David (whom she aptly referred to as “the luckiest man in the world”); her daughters, Amy and Scott Gutschewski and Suzanne Pfaff; her “bonus” sons, David and Rachael Houghton and Daniel and Kelly Houghton.
She also leaves her ten beautiful and nearly perfect grandchildren: Luke Gutschewski, Cameron Pfaff, Isabelle Gutschewski, Trevor Gutschewski, Barrett Houghton, Tatum Houghton, Henry David Houghton, Ella Kate Houghton, Phoebe Grace Houghton and Isaiah Gutschewski.
Her memory is entrusted to her siblings, Jan Cook (who sadly passed away the day after we lost Debra); her brother, Gary and Lora Sater; her sister, Laurie and Dale Seyl; brother, David and Karen Sater. She was loved by her in-laws: David and Wynetta Houghton, Becky McAlpin, Tom and Pam Houghton and Susanna and Michael Buell.
She is also fondly remembered by nieces and nephews, who found in her a loving and supportive aunt who desired the best that life could afford them.
We hear her telling us to put our pens down and allow the wonderful and meaningful relationships she so completely enjoyed with family and a host of great friends be her legacy.
Debra supported many worthwhile charitable causes and organizations. Her most ardent support was for those food banks and groups which worked to ensure children in her communities had enough food to survive and thrive. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests honoring Debra by supporting causes dear to your heart.
We will Celebrate Debra’s Life by gathering from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2023, at the West Center Chapel.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the West Center Chapel. INTERMENT will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
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