Came into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Dunnville, after a courageous battle with cancer, 13 days before his 68th birthday. Beloved life partner and soulmate of Gordon Houser for 47 years. Beloved mother of Daniel and his wife Lisa. Marlene is predeceased by her parents William and Joyce Houser, and by her brother Larry. Daughter-in-law of the late Roy and Madeline Houser. Marlene will be remembered by her sister-in-law Jeannette Meadows (late Dave), as well as her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Orlin and Judy Houser. She was aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt to several nieces and nephews. Marlene graduated from Dunnville High School with a Commerce degree. She worked for many years as a secretary, first as a service representative for the Dunnville Community Telephone Company. When Bell Canada took over, she remained in Dunnville, and worked for several real estate brokers, and eventually for Dr. Parr and Dr. Seddon Optometrists. After raising our son Daniel, she returned as church secretary at Dunnville Grace United Church. She was also their temporary pianist/organist and musical director. She was also a part-time pianist at Mt. Olivet United Church years later. His passion was music even from an early age, getting his grade 8 piano. Marlene was a member of a church youth choir called Celebration Seekers which ran for almost 20 years beginning in the early 1970s. One of her favorite songs was ‘Live for Jesus’ at that time. She was the pianist of the Dunn Quartet and more recently the pianist of the SCCC Adult Choir. She made many handmade quilts and comforters and loved making Christmas gifts. She was an avid gardener alongside her husband Gordon. Marlene was her father’s fastest picker of strawberries and raspberries. Already, sadly missed by pets Missy and Sasha. Special thanks to Dr. Xu and Dr. Blake, and the many nurses at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Marlene during her time with them. A funeral service will be held at the South Cayuga Community Church on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to attend the service should RSVP via the funeral home’s website. Masks are mandatory inside the church, as well as on church premises. Arrangements entrusted to BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, Dunnville (905-774-7277). The cremation has taken place. The burial will be announced later in the year, followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marlene’s memory may be made to the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, or Muscular Dystrophy Canada, and would be greatly appreciated. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at www.ballardminorfh.ca
Published by Hamilton News on January 24, 2022.