Shirley Chambers Houk entered the world on July 8, 1923, in a farm house in Galena, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Born to Lester and Eda Chambers, she was the oldest of five. In 1942, she received the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior at a local church. Growing up on a berry and fruit farm, she lived a rather uneventful life until she went to BIOLA (then the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, now Biola University). After graduating she continued her education at what is now the California State University at Long Beach, earning a degree in elementary education. Following graduation she taught on the elementary level for several years.
In the late 1940’s she met and began dating Arthur Houk, who was her brother’s roommate at Biola. They were married in Placentia, California on December 22, 1950. For well over six decades she served the Lord alongside of her husband, teaching Sunday School, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School classes, and participating in a myriad of other church ministries.
In addition to rearing five children, she wrote numerous articles that were published in Christian periodicals. An early adherent to the health food life-style, she diligently sought to model and encourage healthful living among her family members. Perhaps her longevity and continued good health are testimony to the efficacy of such a manner of living.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Arthur B. Houk, pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Arden, Washington, five children, Ruth Christopher, Brooklyn; David, Phoenix; Deborah Clary, Anchorage; Daniel, Los Angeles; and Jonathan, Atlanta. There are also twelve grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren, and many, many who love her; for she was a great blessing.
Truly, as the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, “her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also” (Proverbs 1:8). “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, a and to be present with the lord” (II Corinthians 5:8). This is our confident expectation for Mrs. Houk. Where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4)
Visitation and funeral services will be held at the Faith Baptist Church of Arden (673 Arden Hill Road, Colville, WA 99114). Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and the service will begin at 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 509-684-3983.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with all the arrangements.