Doris Marie Houze, 90, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2020. She was born May 11, 1929, in Dillsboro, Indiana, daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Schmale) Laker.
Doris grew up in Dillsboro, graduating from Dillsboro High School in 1947 as the Valedictorian of her class. She attended Indiana University (Bloomington), where she met Gilbert (Gib) Houze, of Aurora. They were married on December 11, 1948. Gib and Doris began their married life in Dillsboro, where they welcomed their first daughter, Gayla, in 1950. In 1952 they moved to Aurora. Daughter Krista (Kris) was born in 1955.
Doris was a homemaker who also worked part-time for Dr. S.W. Neary O.D., and, later, Dr. John A. Rahe, DDS. For nearly 60 years, Doris was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. She had been active in Phi Beta Psi sorority and Hillforest Historical Society. Doris was an antique collector, taking special pride in her extensive Tea Leaf china collection. Reading provided hours of pleasure. Doris enthusiastically supported Indiana University, especially IU basketball! For many years, Doris and Gib enjoyed attending savings and loan conventions held in various cities throughout the country.
Doris is survived by her devoted husband of 71 years, Gilbert (Gib) Houze, as well as, daughters Gayla Klingelhoffer of Bloomington, IN and Krista Bill (Don) of Dover, IN. Doris was blessed with grandchildren, Kelly Klingelhoffer Pitner (Ryan), Brooke Klingelhoffer Lozano (Joe), both of Bloomington, IN, Brad Bill (Camille) of Noblesville, IN and Brent Bill (Maggie) of Chattanooga, TN. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Reece Lozano, Jackson, Sydney, and Mallory Pitner, all of Bloomington, along with Keagan and Addyson Bill of Noblesville. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Anna Laker.
Both the visitation and funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 215 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00PM on Sunday, February 16. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Monday, February 17, with burial to follow at River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Lawrenceburg EMS.
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