Margaret B. Houff, 74

February 16, 2011
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SEPT. 21, 1936-FEB. 15, 2011

Margaret Baril "Deede" Houff, 74, of Warfordsburg and formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at her home.

Born Sept. 21, 1936, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Victor S. and Margaret Sayers Baril.

She graduated from Holy Name Academy, St. Joseph's College, and received her master's degree from University of Maryland. Active in both high school and college alumni associations, her friends and family were her priority.  

She retired after 30 years of teaching from Montgomery County Public Schools, ending her career as a middle school instructional resource math teacher.

"Every child can learn, every child can be taught — a teacher's responsibility is to find a way to make it happen." Throughout her life she was always goal-oriented, setting the bar for measuring accomplishments in life as high as possible and with seemingly unrestricted energy to always be available to help friends and students in their life pursuits. Everyone who knew her loved her  and was always a best friend to her.

Traveling and celebrating life's milestones with family, friends and her former colleagues from St. Joseph's College and the Holy Name Academy, as well as White Oak and Briggs Chaney Middle schools, was a priority and source of loving fulfillment.

She is survived by her husband, Louis A. Houff Jr., whom she married June 27, 1959, in Silver Spring. They have two sons: Stephen, a physician in Canton, Ohio, who founded a national hospitalist management program, and Louis III, of Pipperton, Tenn., a vice president of trauma sales with the Smith Nephew Corp., based in Memphis, Tenn.

She was blessed with three grandchildren, Julia, Marissa and Jenna; and is survived by one sister, Claire Green of Middletown, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Frances  Unnerstall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., Hancock, Md. The Rev. John Lombardi will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Little Orleans, Md.

The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. on  Friday.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., Hancock MD 21750, to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, or to the charity of your choice.

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