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Kathryn L. Houts

October 14, 1915 — February 26, 2013

Kathryn L. Houts passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 26, 2013 at Orchard Manor Grove City, PA. She was 97 years old. She moved to Orchard Manor in February 2008 from Slippery Rock, PA where she had lived since 1964. Prior she had lived in Montgomery, WV and in Illinois.

She was born on October 14, 1915 in Springfield, Illinois to Rev. Frank and Anna(Lotz) Neumeyer. She grew up in Methodist parsonages throughout central Illinois and graduated from high school in Arthur, Illinois. She met her future husband, Earl Houts, when they were both in the band at Arthur High School. Drawn together by their love of music, they went to college together at the University of Illinois and married on March 14,1940. She later returned to college and graduated in 1975 from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA with a teaching degree.

Beyond music, Earl and Kathryn sharpened their photography, sound, and naturalist skills to share programs about wildlife, plants, and nature"�s sounds with local and regional nature groups. This led to Directorships at the Jennings Nature Reserve while it was being developed by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and in Teatown, New York.

Kathryn"�s interactions with people and musical activities brought her great joy, especially those with her former piano students and their families. She taught piano in her home until 2006. Playing the piano brought a smile to her face, especially when someone played the left hand part while she played the right hand.

After, Her husband Earl Houts passed away in 1993, Kathryn stayed in Slippery Rock enjoying her family and her many piano families and neighbors.

She was an active member of Slippery Rock United Methodist church where she was a member of the choir. She was an active member of the state AARP and �the Bartramian �Audubon Society.

She is survived by two daughters Carol Anne Mansh and her husband Steven of Dresher, PA and Jamie Lynn Walter and her fiancé Donald Glenn of Harrisville, PA. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren Alexa, Rusty, and Susan. Also 3 Great-grandchilren Emily, Cameron, and Jamie Marie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister Frances Baird, and her brother Carl Neumeyer.

Her home was always open to friends, neighbors, and her piano students and their families.

She will be greatly missed by her family, the staff at Orchard Manor, and her many friends.

Memorials to Slippery Rock Methodist Church Choir 130 Franklin Street Slippery Rock, PA 16057 or to Orchard Manor Activities Department for Sunshine Way 20 Orchard Lane� Grove City, PA� 16127

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Burial in Harmony Cemetery� Harrisville, PA

Arrangements By Jamison Funeral Home Harrisville, PA

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