2011-02-24 / Obituaries

Margaret B. Houff

Warfordsburg, 74

Margaret Baril “Deede” Houff, 74, Warfordsburg, and formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at her home.

Born September 21, 1936, in Washington, D. C., she was the daughter of the late Victor S. and Margaret Sayers Baril.

She graduated from Holy Name Academy, St. Joseph’s College and received her master’s degree from University of Marland. Active in both high school and college alumni associations, her friends and family were her priority.

She retired after 30 years of teaching from Montgomery County public schools, ending her career as a middle school instructional resource math teacher.

Throughout her life she was always goal-oriented, setting the bar for measuring accomplishments in life as high as possible and with seemingly unrestricted energy to always be available to help friends and students in their life pursuits. Everyone who knew her loved her and was always a best friend to her .

Traveling and celebrating life’s milestones with family, friends and her former colleagues from St.. Joseph’s College and the Holy Name Academy, as well as White Oak and Briggs Chaney middle schools, were priorities and source of loving fulfillment.

She is survived by her husband, Louis A. Houff Jr., whom she married June 27, 1959, in Silver Spring. They have two sons: Stephen, a physician in Canton, Ohio, who founded a national hospitalist management program, and Louis III, Pipperton, Tenn., a vice president of trauma sales with the Smith Nephew Corp., based in Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren: Julia, Marissa and Jenna; and a sister, Claire Green, Middletown, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Frances Unnerstall.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 19, at noon, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Hancock. Rev. John Lombardi was the celebrant. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Little Orleans, MD.

Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., Hancock, MD 21750, to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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