Myrtle U’Della Houser, 92, of Clay Center, Kan. and former Centerville resident, died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center, Salina, Kan.
She was born the daughter of George Albert and Loureim Alice (Whiteman) Field on Sept. 26, 1920 in Hoisington, Kan. She received her education from Haven Rural High School in 1938.
She had various occupations before marrying Paul Leon Phillips in 1941. They made their home in Russell until Paul’s death in 1953. She then moved to Wichita, Kan. and was one of the first women welders at the Boeing Aircraft Company. Myrtle was then united in marriage to Alfred Houser on July 31, 1954 in Wichita, Kan. They would return to the Centerville area and begin farming. Myrtle would move to Clay Center, Kan. in 1998. She was a member of the Clay Center Leisure Center, Red Hats, Classy Lassies, Friendship Club and a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husbands, Paul L. Phillips in 1953; and Alfred Houser on Aug. 7, 1997; son, Kelly L. Houser in 1980; step-son, Alfred B. Houser; two brothers, Ralph A. Field and Leonard E. Field; and two sisters, Lourein Brown and Fern Garton.
Myrtle is survived by: sons, Kim Phillips of Littleton, N.C. and Mark Houser and his wife, Cindy of Des Moines; daughters, Kayla Ernsting her husband, Larry of Clay Center, Kan., Kendra Thacker and her husband, Frank of Walterboro, S.C., Jan McMillen and her husband, Mike of Catlettsburg, Ky. and Terri Laughlin and her husband, Joe of Macon, Mo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; step-son, Wendell Robert Houser and his wife, Margaret of Moulton and Keith Houser and his wife, Shirley of Moulton; step-daughters: Sue Schwilling and her husband, Wayne of Strong City, Kan. and Lorraine Binkley and her husband, Mack of Moravia.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Walter King officiating. Burial of ashes will follow in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery east of Centerville.
Memorials can be made to the Clay Center Leisure Center, First Baptist Church or St. Paul Lutheran Church and can be left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville is caring for the Houser family in Centerville at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.