Margaret Evelyn Houchen

Margaret Evelyn Houchen, 90, of Williamstown, formerly of Jackson County, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday (April 2, 2014) at Marietta, Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 13, 1923, at the home of her parents, the late James and Jeanette Blair Beymer in Lockhart, W.Va..

She graduated from Gilmore High School, Sandyville, W.Va., in 1941 and married George Houchen in November of the same year. During World War II, she worked as “Rosie the Riveter” for Brewster Aircraft Co., near Philadelphia, Pa. She enjoyed camping, reading, quilting and had traveled to 48 of the 50 United States.

Margaret was a member of Lockhart United Methodist Church and Mary Elizabeth Circle, and attended Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna, and Mary Martha Fellowship. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Sandyville.

She is survived by her son, Stan (Barbara), Statesville, N.C., formerly of Washington, W.Va.; and daughter, Barbara (Bob) Nestor of Williamstown; and one she loved as a son, Robert (Sherri) Dawson, White Plains, Md.; three grandchildren, Stephen (Julie) Houchen, Michael (Stacey) Nestor and Lisa (Rich) Fluharty; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Virginia Stanley of Medina, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Timothy; brothers, Russell, Richard and James Edwin; sister, Freda Hopkins.

Memorials may be made to Lockhart United Methodist Church c/o Cindy Burke, 11338 Parkersburg Road, Sandyville, W.Va., 25275; or Wayside UMC Building Fund, 3001 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, W.Va., 26105.

A memorial will be held at Wayside United Methodist Church at noon on Saturday (April 12, 2012) with the Rev. Pat Kerr and the Rev. Sandy Runnion officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time for the service at noon.

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