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Mary Lee Houghton

April 8, 1939 December 21, 2020
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Mary Lee Houghton, age 81 of Spring Grove, passed away peacefully at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital on Monday, December 21, 2020. She was born April 8, 1939 in Rushville, NE. to Adrian and Helen (nee Zentmire) Jensen. On April 22, 1976, she married Clifton Houghton.

Mary Lee earned her master’s in nursing with a concentration in Nurse Education and Executive Leadership at St. Therese School of Nursing. Upon graduating, she worked at Downey Veterans Hospital in North Chicago. She later joined the office of Dr. Fried, M.D. of Fox Lake. Mary Lee retired from her nursing career after spending many years at the Round Lake Area School Unit District 116, where she was the Director of Health Services. She finished her career as Director of Health Services at the Special Education District of Lake County. She was an avid bowler before the golf bug got the better of her. She enjoyed golfing in her spare time at Spring Valley Country Club. She and her husband played for many years in a couples league and she also played in two women’s golf leagues. Mary Lee was a very loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Mary Lee is survived by her husband of 44 years, Clifton; two children, Jeannine (Ken) Tonne, David (Erica) Baker; stepchildren, Patrick (Elizabeth), Darren (Renee’) Houghton, Judith (James) Horsch; grandchildren, Allison, Conor, Rebecca. Ashlyn, Cailyn, Jessica, Sarah, Alexys, Ryan, Kyle, Madison, Isabella, Catrin; great grandsons, Jackson, Cole.…
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Victorine Geiger; sister, Julie Smith.

Funeral Services were private for the family.

Memorial donations to the Special Education District of Lake County, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

For additional information please call the funeral home at 815-675-0550.

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