Pearl Houston died peacefully surrounded by her husband and family on June 21, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
She was born in Belgium, Wisconsin on September 29, 1933, one of seven children of Joseph and Mary Ansay.
After graduating from Port Washington High School, she married Robert Houston on September 10, 1955. She had three children, Linda Mullins (Bill), Suzanne Steel (Marshall) and Michael Houston (Angie). She delighted in her ten grandchildren, and was blessed with seven great-grandchildren.
Bob and Pearl lived for over 50 years in their home in Tomahawk, Wisconsin overlooking the Wisconsin River, before moving to Lake Havasu, Arizona and then to Grand Junction, Colorado. Pearl spent the last 5 years at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center under the care of a loving staff with assistance from Hope West.
She had a zest for life that bordered on amazing. She excelled at snow and water skiing, dancing, golf and pretty much anything else she tried. She loved to camp, sew, laugh, tell jokes and play cards. She volunteered for numerous charities and community organizations throughout her life, and touched countless lives with her kindness and generosity. She was a joy to be with; always ready with a big smile and a witty one-liner to liven things up.
She had dozens of friends, but her main focus was her family. She simply smothered them with love.
Pearl was preceded in death by grandchildren Tyler Steel and Kyle Mullins. She is survived by her husband Bob; her children and their spouses: Linda and Bill Mullins, Suzie and Marshall Steel, Michael and Angie Houston; all other grandchildren: Jenny, Erin, Peter, Amanda, Ryan, Mary, Emily, and Holly; and her great-grandchildren: Billy, Jimmy, Aubrey, Logan, Maggie, Finn, and Mia; all of whom will miss her dearly.
There will be a memorial mass for Pearl in the chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Junction on June 23, 2023 at 1pm.