Lena Mae Houin, 12350 W. 11th Road of Plymouth, 81, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, October 30, 2000 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth following a brief illness. She was a lifetime Marshall County resident, growing up in Lapaz.
Born May 19, 1919 in Plymouth, she was the daughter of Clarence R. and Lauretta Abair Baker. She graduated from Lapaz High School in 1937.
She was married to Elmer V. Houin on June 14, 1945 in Plymouth. Elmer died on October 27, 1986.
Prior to her marriage, she worked at Bendix Corporation in South Bend. After marriage, she helped out on the farm alongside of her husband and was also a full-time mother and homemaker.
Lena enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking pies, her specialties being Mincemeat and Gooseberry pies. She also mastered and enjoyed playing the organ by ear. She was devoted to her Family, her Faith and Savior. A member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, she was active in Alter Rosary Society and Harvest House.
Surviving are six sons, David E. and Frances Houin of Plymouth, Floyd M. and Debra Houin of Plymouth, Vern A. and Julie Houin of Granger, Roland E. and Kathy Houin of Bremen, Daniel W. and Tana Houin of Plymouth, and Chris E. Houin of Burton, OH. and six daughters, Donna M. and Kent Mattix of Plymouth, Jeanette A. and Glendon Becker of Argos, Virginia R. and Gary Mechling of Bloomington, Linda M. and Kenny Nifong of Argos, Susanne E. and Richard Chesak of North Judson, and Marlene A. and Daniel Taiclet of Plymouth.
Also surviving are twenty-nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren along with a sister, Fern Dunning of South Bend.
Her husband, parents, three sisters, Dorothy Baker, Grace Fetters, and Geneva Harris and two brothers, Carroll Baker, and Claude “Pete” Baker preceded Lena in death.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, November 1, 2000 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Rosary being said at 8:00 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2000 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Center St., Plymouth.
Burial will be in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Lena’s memory may be made to Marshall County Hospice or St. Michael’s Mission 2000.