Mary E. Houck, age 83, of Huron, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Huron Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Wolsey Presbyterian Church with burial at Wolsey Cemetery. Visitation, with her family present, will be from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Welter Funeral Home in Huron. A prayer service and time of sharing will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday night at the funeral home.
Mary Ethel Carson was born on April 9, 1938 in Wolsey, South Dakota to parents Donald E. and Hazel G. (Shirey) Carson. She attended Wolsey Schools, graduating in 1956.
On July 30, 1956, Mary married her high school sweetheart, William H. Houck in Mitchell, South Dakota. Mary and Bill raised their three daughters in Wolsey where they were very active in the community. Mary worked for GMAC from 1956-1958, Beadle County as the Deputy Auditor from 1958-1965, Carson Locker from 1965-1977, and the United States Postal Service from 1969-1999. Mary became Postmaster in 1975 and continued that until her retirement.
Some of Mary’s favorite activites were games, whether it was a card, yard, or party game, Mary always participated. Mary loved to quilt and crochet. She and her family spent every summer at Clitheral Lake in Minnesota. In her recent years, she enjoyed spending time and watching her great-grandchildren participate in activities. If the Warbirds were playing, Mary was sure to be in her spot! Mary was a member of the National Association of Post Masters of the US, Grand Matron of Eastern Star, and Legion Auxiliary. Mary was a lifelong member of Wolsey Presbyterian Church.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her daughters, Kathy (Scott) Rowen of Wolsey, Rhonda (Kenny) Soderlin of Martin, and Donene (Rick) Lemonds of Mitchell; 17 grandchildren, Ryan Mueller, Lindsay (Kevin) Haider, Shannon (Aaron) Brown, Ramy Boomer, Destiny (Shane) Finn, Brett (Kelly) Soderlin, Jake (Amanda) Price, Kristi Rowen, Andi (Greg) Litton, Brady (Kim) Hastings, Brittney Soderlin, Kortney (Craig Martinmaas) Hastings, Leslie (Jason) Harlan, Seth (Kim) Hastings, Kami (Tommy) Testerman, Shea Soderlin, and Kolby (Cassie) Rowen; and 42 great-grandchildren; siblings, Connie (Larry) Fuller of Clitheral, MN, Linda Payer of Bismarck, ND, Donnie (Lois) Houck of Wolsey, Marilyn (Dennis) Eggleston of Wessington, and Julie (Lynn) Bartels of Wolsey; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald E. and Hazel G. Carson; her husband, William Houck, brother Donald E. Carson, sister Carol Spencer, parents-in-law, Cecil and Jesse Houck, brother-in-law, Ervin Houck, nephew Keith Houck, grandson Kyle Rowen, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.