On Monday evening, July 2, my dear Great Aunt Frances Houghtaling went home to be with the Lord at the age of 104.5!!! She finally took her long awaited trip "home" to heaven to be with Jesus, and her beloved husband and daughter and many others that have gone on before her!
Here is her obituary as it appeared in Fosters:
"Frances was an encouragement to us and a joy to be with. We..."
- Larry and Melissa Strout
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Frances Houghtaling, 104, formerly of Rochester passed away peacefully at the home of her granddaughter on July 2, 2012, following a brief illness.
Born Dec. 13, 1907, in Center Barnstead, she was the daughter of the late Ansel and Alice (Paige) Emerson.
Mrs. Houghtaling was a homemaker. She had a very strong Christian faith and was an active member of the True Memorial Baptist Church in Rochester joining on July 2, 1953. She enjoyed supporting Missions work, and often opened her home to visiting missionaries. She was a skilled baker, she was an accomplished seamstress and was especially known for her tatting. She had a gift for encouraging people and loved sending cards and emails for all occasions.
Members of her family include her six grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Earl Houghtaling; her daughter, Constance DeFalco; and two sisters, Marguerite Meserve and Eileen Farmer.
Family and friends may visit from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012, at the True Memorial Baptist Church located on Ten Rod Rd in Rochester. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilmanton Iron Works.
Arrangements are under the direction of the R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home 86 S. Main St. Rochester, N.H.
|Aunt Frances with Grace in 2007|
She spent from April through October at her beautiful camp on Suncook Lake in Barnstead that she and her husband Earl built themselves...(and never working on a Sunday!)
She hosted many a baptism at her camp...probably numbering in the 100's and 100's of people! One of those baptisms was Glenn in 2001!! Another was Grace in October 2010!
We are so blessed to have been able to see her Memorial Day weekend for a cookout at her camp in Barnstead! She had her hair in rollers since she had church the next day, and a sweater on even though it was 88 degrees that day!
She was my Dad's mom's sister. So...my nana Marguerite and she were sisters. About 5 years ago, my Dad and his remaining siblings met us at her camp and they had a wonderful visit with her. They played their harmonicas and visited and then took her out to Johnson's for supper. It was a wonderful day!
|Left to right...Grace, My Dad, David, Aunt Frances, Aunt Alice, Uncle Frankie, Aunt Pat, Uncle Bob, (front row) Jonathan, Nick, and Madelyn.|
I love you so much Aunt Frances! I can't wait to rejoice with you in heaven one day!