Gloria Houghton


Aug. 21, 2019 —  Gloria Houghton, 94, a former Florence resident, passed away July 30, 2019. 

Gloria was born Nov. 14, 1924, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she was raised. When Gloria was 14, she and her family moved in 1939 to Leduc, where she graduated from high school in 1943.

She attended the University of Oregon from 1946 to 1950, graduating with a BA in English. She worked in Los Angeles, Calif., and Portland, where she met Don in the summer of 1952. Don and Gloria were married in Edmonton in February, 1953.

They moved to where Don was living and working next to the Sea Lion Caves, 11 miles north of Florence, Ore.

There, they raised their three children until 1964 when the family moved into town. The family lived in Florence until 1978 and then built a house on Woahink Lake, where they lived for 10 years.

Gloria and Don first moved to Sun River and then Bend, enjoying golf and long road trips around the country. Gloria has lived in a retirement home in Lake Oswego since 2013.

Gloria and Don especially enjoyed good friends, playing bridge and afternoon barbecues at Woahink Lake. They also enjoyed hunting trips to eastern Oregon and were dedicated Oregon Duck fans.

Gloria will be remembered for her adventuresome spirit, sharp wit and her generosity.  In her later years, Gloria especially enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, watching sports and spending time with her family.

Gloria is survived by her sister, Rayma, from Toronto; three children: Debbie Houghton of Beaverton, Tom Houghton of Lake Oswego and Barb Smith of Hillsboro; four grandchildren: Jared in Portland, Sarah in Washington D.C., Curtis in Lake Oswego  and Luke in Austin, Texas.   

Don preceded Gloria in death, passing away in 2011.

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