Pearl Houston

Pearl Houston, age 89, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2023 surrounded by her husband Bob and family after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pearl was born in Belgium, Wis., on Sept. 29, 1933. She was one of seven children of Joseph and Mary Ansay.

After graduating from Port Washington High School, Pearl worked as a secretary in Port Washington and Madison, where she met Bob. Pearl and Bob were married on Sept. 10, 1955.

Pearl and Bob had three children, Linda Mullins (Bill), Suzanne Steel (Marshall), and Mike Houston (Angie). She delighted in her 10 grandchildren and was blessed with seven great-grandchildren.

Bob and Pearl lived in Tomahawk for over 50 years before moving to Lake Havasu, Ariz., and then Grand Junction, Colo. Pearl spent five years at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center under the care of loving staff with assistance from HopeWest in Grand Junction, Colo.

Pearl had a zest for life that bordered on amazing. She excelled at snow and water skiing, dancing, golf and pretty much anything she tried. She loved to camp, sew, laugh, tell jokes, and play cards. She volunteered for numerous charities and community organizations throughout her life, and touched countless lives with her kindness and generosity. She was a joy to be with and was always ready with a big smile and a witty one-liner to liven things up.

Pearl was blessed with many friends and a wonderful family who she loved dearly.

Pearl was preceded in death by her grandchildren, Tyler Steel and Kyle Mullins. She is survived by her husband Bob, her children and their spouses: Linda and Bill Mullins (Downers Grove), Suzie and Marshall Steel (Grand Junction) and Mike and Angie Houston (Tomahawk); all other grandchildren: Jenny, Erin, Peter, Amanda, Ryan, Mary, Emily and Holly; and her great-grandchildren: Billy, Jimmy, Aubrey, Logan, Maggie, Finn, and Mia.

A family memorial service was held for Pearl on June 23, 2023 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Junction where she rests.

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