Dateline: May 9, 2002


Funeral services for Mildred Lindsey Housden, age 84, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2002, in the Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon with Rev. Bryan Knowles, pastor, officiating. Burial was held in Citizens Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mrs. Housden died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in Amarillo.  She was born August 12, 1917, in Ivanho, Texas.  Her mother died when she was 14 months old and her family moved to Collingsworth County when she was very young.  She grew up on a farm with her daddy, three brothers, and four sisters and attended schools at Lutie and Samnorwood, graduating from Wellington High School in 1936.  She loved sports and played basketball.  She married Orville Housden in 1939 at Lelia Lake, Texas.  Clarendon has been her home most of her married life except for fifteen years when she and her husband lived in Bryan.  After going to school and becoming an LVN, she worked at a retirement home in Bryan for 13 years and after moving back to Clarendon, worked at Medical Center Nursing Home for 12 years before retiring in 1995.  She was a charter member of the Community Fellowship Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994, by her parents, and by four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Melvin Housden of Houston, Kenneth Housden and wife Sammie of Hedley; six grandchildren, Ricky and Melanie Housden of Pampa, Carie and Russel Gafford of Snyder, Angie and Troy Burton of Snyder, Evette and Hector Flores of Dallas, Tonya Housden of Houston, and Eric Housden of the US Navy; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Casket bearers were Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Davis, Larry Davis, Jack Eads, Eddy Eads, and Darrell Leffew.  Honorary bearers were from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

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