Genora Houser, 93, of Centerville, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center – Long Term Care in Centerville.
She was born the daughter of Harlen and Rosa (Morris) Hedgecock on May 11, 1920 near Hiattsville in Appanoose County. She received her education in a rural Appanoose Country School.
On Dec. 31, 1944, Genora was united in marriage to Don “Raymond” Houser in Centerville. They farmed for many years east of Centerville before she would begin working in the dining room at Centerville Care Center. She was a member of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church near Centerville and would later attend the Evangelical Covenant Church in Centerville, where she was a member of the Women’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don “Raymond” Houser on Sept. 23, 1997; a son, Danny Ray Houser in 1950; brothers, Madison, Marshall, Delbert, Paul, Howard, Purvis, Challice, Virgil, Thayne and Herbert Hedgecock; and sisters, Mary Sprouse, Zelma Jennings and Velma Hedgecock.
Genora was survived by her son, Roger Houser and his wife, Susan of Moulton; and a daughter, Janice McElvain and her husband, Terry of Centerville; six grandchildren, Jason and his wife, Wendy McElvain of Centerville, the Rev. Jeremy McElvain of Centerville, Jeffrey McElvain of Sioux Falls, S.D., Christopher and his wife, Kaley McElvain of Homestead, Justin and his wife, Lisa Houser of Monroe and Matthew and his wife, Kari Houser of Boone; as well as nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with her grandson, the Rev. Jeremy McElvain officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery east of Centerville. Visitation will be held today from 1-8 p.m. with the family present form 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Ararat Cemetery and can be left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville has been entrusted with the care of Genora’s family and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.