Funeral services for Mrs. Shirley J. Houchins, 76, of Louisiana, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 12th at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana, Missouri. Rev. Robert Hutsell will officiate. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana, Missouri. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. A repast will follow interment at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Louisiana, Missouri. Mrs. Houchins passed away on July 8, 2012 in Louisiana, Missouri.
She was born on May 13, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota to Charles and Caroline Ostrander. She made her home with her significant other, Leslie M. "Poncho" Griffith, in Louisiana, Missouri and he survives.
She is survived by one son, Jerry Gene Ostrander of Hannibal, Missouri, a daughter in-law, Diana McGinnis of Louisiana, Missouri, her grandchildren, Jerry Leigh Ostrander and granddaughter in-law Erica Campbell, Joyce "Sissy" and Mason Hutt all of Louisiana, Missouri, Lesley and Nihada Ostrander, Robert Ostrander and Krendra Jones of Hannibal, Missouri, and Formeka Florence of Louisiana, Missouri, 19 Great Grandchildren and one on the way, a sister, Margie Monthey of Paola, Kansas, a brother, Paul Ostrander of Paola, Kansas, 2 step-brothers, Steve and Garry Shade, a step-sister, Hazel Shade, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lot of loved ones and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1951, her mother in 1975, a daughter, Caroline Sue Ostrander, a great granddaughter, Maycionna Hutt, 4 brothers, Wiley Ostrander, Thomas Ostrander, Chuck Ostrander, and Larry Ostrander, and 2 sisters, Lois Shade and Betty Harrison.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Terry Harrison and Willy Paul Harrison. Active Pallbearers will be Robert Ostrander, Freddrick Harrison, Joe Blackwell, Kenny Griffith, Lucas Mosby, and Kenny Niffen.
Memorials may be given to donor's choice in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Missouri 63353.