I knew my Great-Grandmother Pearl Ethel Houck. I was able to spend some time with her in the weeks before she died at 101. (She had been glad that Willard Scott had mentioned her 100th birthday the year before.) Her mind was sharp until the end, and there was a twinkle in her eye. What amazed me most, though, was the skin of her hands: it was so very soft, translucent, and as thin as the onion paper from which a bible was printed. I can remember holding her hand and thinking that I could almost see right through her hand.
Pearl Ethel Houck was born on 23 Aug 1891 in Ashe, NC. According to census records, she lived in Oldfields, Ashe, NC in 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1935, and 1940.
Pearl‘s father was Thomas Monroe Houck, who was born on 18 May 1859 in Ashe, NC. Pearl’s mother was Tennessee Parker, who was born on 17 Nov 1866 in Tennessee. Pearl‘s mother and father, Tennessee Parker and Thomas Monroe Houck, were married on 21 Oct 1883 in Ashe, NC.
Pearl‘s father and mother, Thomas Monroe Houck and Tennessee Parker, had the following children, Pearl and her siblings:
- Elmer Eugene Houck was born on 17 Aug 1885 in NC. Elmer died on 10 Feb 1960 at the age of 74 in High Point, Guilford, NC.
- John F Houck was born in Mar 1886 in NC.
- Monrovia Houck was born in Apr 1888 in NC.
- Pearl Ethel Houck, born 23 Aug 1891, Ashe, NC died 5 Oct 1992, West Jefferson, Ashe, NC.
- Nalie Houck was born in Sep 1894 in NC.
- Estella Nola Houck was born on 9 Sep 1894 in Ashe, NC. She died on 11 Nov 1973 at the age of 79 in Putnam, Florida.
- Cecil Houck was born about 1901 in NC.
Pearl‘s father, Thomas, died on 21 Aug 1924 at the age of 65 in Ashe, NC. Pearl‘s mother, Tennessee Parker, died on 1 Feb 1936 at the age of 71 in Anson, NC.
Joseph Conley Houck and Pearl Ethel Houck had the following children:
- Worth E Houck was born about 1910 in NC.
- Bertha Houck was born about 1913 in NC.
- Doris A Houck was born about 1915 in NC.
- Roy Franklin Houck was born on 7 Jul 1917 in NC. Roy died on 21 Jun 2006 at the age of 88.
- Ray Houck was born about 1918 in NC.
- Hilda C Houck was born about 1920 in NC.
- Thelma Francis Houck, born 24 Feb 1921, Ashe, NC married Warren Dean Lawrence, 10 Jan 1942, Ashe, NC, and died 2 Dec 2017.
- Rena T Houck was born about 1927 in NC.
- Wanda R Houck was born about 1929 in NC. She died on 29 Aug 1996 at the age of 67.
Pearl‘s husband, Joseph Conley Houck, died on 21 Jun 1983 at the age of 95 in West Jefferson, Ashe, NC, where he was buried.
Pearl Ethel Houck died on 5 Oct 1992 at the age of 101 in West Jefferson, Ashe, NC, where she was also buried.
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