Mary Aleene Houston, 93, Jeffersonville, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 4, 2019. “Allie” passed away from complications of a recent fall. Allie was born Oct 6,1925, in Greenfield, MO. Her parents were John Franklin and Katie Ethelbell (Culver) Green. She was married to George Franklin “Smokey” Houston on May 29, 1947. They had one son, Melvin “Frank” Houston.
She attended First Assembly Of God in El Dorado Springs for many years before she moved to Pearl, Mississippi, to live with her son’s family in 2013. During that time Allie attended Restoration Church in Florence, MS.
In May of 2018 she and her family moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Allie lived at RiverBend Assisted Living for the last 6 months making several new friends during her stay there.
Allie is survived by her son Frank (Theresa Parker) Houston of Jeffersonville, IN, Her brother Frank (Myrtle Short.) Green of Pleasant Hill, MO, and her sister Nixola “Nikki” (Bud) Olinger of El Dorado Springs, MO. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, extended family members and close friends.
Allie was preceded in death by her parents John Franklin and Katie E. Green, her husband, Smokey Houston, 3 sisters; Mildred Clark, Kansas City, MO. Emma Lawrence, Long Beach, CA, and Golda Brown, El Dorado Springs, MO, as well as 2 brothers; Samuel Green, El Dorado Springs, MO, and Jack Green, Los Angeles, CA. Several nephews and nieces also preceded her in death.
Allie had always been a hard worker beginning as a full time waitress at the age of 14 in El Dorado Springs. Then she worked at the International Shoe Factory in El Dorado Springs until she moved to Dinuba, CA, with her family while Smokey was stationed in Korea during the war. When the war ended, Smokey and Aleene moved back to El Dorado Springs and she started working as a childcare provider in her home and did so for nearly 40 years. Allie loved all the children and they loved her. Many years after they had grown, she would get cards, letters and updated photos of kids who had grown up in her home. She couldn’t wait for Halloween each year so she could see all the kids in their costumes. She always said that every kid just needed someone to show them that they were loved and that’s where she fit in.
Until she lost most of her eyesight to macular degeneration, Allie loved scrapbooking old newspaper clippings and photographs of friends & family as well as writing several letters every week to many different people across the country. She loved talking on the phone with friends and reading and memorizing Scriptures in the Bible. Allie had deep faith in God and she loved serving in the children’s ministry at her church. She was a caretaker of many in her family and was always willing to give a helping hand to a friend in need when she was able. Allie had a wonderful sense of humor. She would slap the person next to her on the leg and laugh out loud at something that was funny. Her beautiful smile will be dearly missed. Allie was a blessing to everyone whose heart she touched and for that she has left us all with many very special memories.