Bonnie Lou Houston of Holliday, Missouri | 1933 - 2018 | Obituary

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Bonnie Lou Houston

February 21, 1933 - August 15, 2018

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Bonnie Lou Houston, 85, of Holliday, MO, passed away quietly with family by her side on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Monroe Manor in Paris.


She was born on February 21, 1933, in Quincy, IL, to Louis and Lucille Ehmen Aden. Her father died when she was 3 years old. Lucille later married Monroe Cassens of Golden, IL. Her mother died in 1965 and Monroe died in 1979. Bonnie was a graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis and attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL.


She was united in marriage to Marvin Houston on June 15, 1952, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden, IL. They lived in Golden for 5 years, and then moved north of Holliday, MO in 1958, where she spent the rest of her life on the farm. During that time, Bonnie served as the local and county 4-H Extension Council leader, various 4-H projects leader, she worked at the Mark Twain Cafe’ for several years, she, also, papered and painted in many, many homes in Paris and the surrounding areas. She was a faithful member of the LWML ladies organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly, and a lifetime member of that church. She was appointed Monroe County Public Administrator by then Governor Kit Bond. She, also, was a great seamstress for her family and many others, a pianist, a wonderful cook, and hosted many holiday dinners. She so enjoyed entertaining, and her laugh was infectious. She dearly loved her family and will be sadly missed by all of them.


Surviving are her husband, Marvin; two sons, Mike (Lisa) Houston of Holliday, Brad (Donna) Houston of Centralia; three daughters, Lynn (Denny) Allen of Paris, Lori (Jim) Gesling of Madison, Joye Houston of Moberly and one sister Geneen (Perry) Morgan of Columbia. Also, surviving are ten grandchildren, Dustin Allen of Kansas City, Josh Allen of St. Charles, MO, Technical Sgt. Jacob Allen in German, Jenny (Bryan) Truesdell of Moberly, Jimmy (Jayci) Gesling of Centralia, Clint Gesling of Brunswick, Caleb Gesling of Bowling Green, Zack Houston of Springfield, MO, Derek (Julienne) Graupman of Chillicothe, and Shane (Tara) Graupman of Jefferson City, MO, along with nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Cassens of CA, a daughter, Gina and a grandson, Cody Houston of Centralia.


Visitation will be held on Friday, August 17, at Agnew Funeral Home in Paris from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 1075 E. Urbandale Dr, Moberly, MO, on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Eugene Stueve officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris, MO. The family requests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church of Moberly or Monroe Manor in Paris.

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