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Edith "Joan" Houston

Edith M. "Joan" Houston, 97, of R.R. 1, Jacksonville died Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 1996 at Passavant Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 10, 1898, in Boston, England, the daughter of William and Clara Maria Trott Thacker. She married Burgess Ralph Snodgrass in 1920 in Gary, Ind., and he preceded her in death March 22, 1946. She later married Donald W. Houston on June 30, 1949, in Springfield and he survives.

She is also survived by one son, Richard E. (wife Pat) of Chapin; one stepson, Carroll (wife Betty) of Auburn; one daughter-in-law; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews residing in England and the United States. She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Snodgrass and Ralph R. Snodgrass; two stepsons, Richard and Edward Houston; three brothers, Jesse, Frank and Will Thacker; and two sisters, Elsie Simpson and Miriam Craske.

Mrs. Houston attended school in Boston, England and came to America as a WWI war bride. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Wilber Chapter 358 Order of Easter Star, Jeptha Shrine 75, United Commercial Travelers, Joy Prairie Coterie, Mound Women's County Club, and Y.W.S. Club.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church with burial at Berea Cemetery, east of Jacksonville. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Gillham-Buchanan Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Episcopal Church or the charity of the donor's choice.

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