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Obituary for Jean Walton HOUGHTON (Dunbar)


Jean Walton Houghton, of Tavistock, passed away in Stratford General Hospital on Thursday, October 5, 2023, in her 103rd year.

She was born in Downie Township, Perth County on April 29, 1921, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Hanson) Dunbar.

Jean was a “Paul Harris Fellow” of Rotary International and a member of Grace United Church in Tavistock.

She married Russell Carson Houghton at St. Marys on January 5, 1943. He predeceased her on June 30, 1993. She was also predeceased by her son, Richard Houghton on July 29, 2008. Jean is survived by five children, Sylvia Shackleton (Gavin Smith), Vernon Houghton (Diane), Mary Gatt (Theodore Lenssens), Thomas Houghton (Karen), William Houghton (Brenda Lee); her daughter-in-law, Cynthia Fowler-Houghton; eight grandchildren, Ryan Norrington, Destiny Shackleton, James Houghton, Benjamin Houghton, Lucas Houghton, Catherine Houghton, Emma Houghton, Bentley Houghton; four great grandsons, Jack, Logan, Frederick, Connor.

She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Dunbar; her sisters, Mary Dunseith, Sarah Ham, Clara Arnold, Margaret Pearson, Anna Hardie-McCullough.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Jean’s Life will be held in Grace United Church, Tavistock on Sunday, October 15,2023 at 2pm. The Rev. Marg Smith will officiate. Reception following. Interment in St Marys Cemetery at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the United Church, Camp Bimini would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 519-655-2431. Personal condolences can be posted at