Faith Elnora Ogden Houston

Birth Date: 
Saturday, August 4, 1917
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Faith Elnora Ogden Houston, 103, of New Pittsburg, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

She was born August 4, 1917, at her home near New Pittsburg to Howard and May (Becker) Ogden. She married Robert D. Houston of West Salem, Ohio, on October 7, 1935. He preceded her in death on August 26, 2000.

Faith went through 8 grades of school in a one-room schoolhouse, with one teacher (who was her mother). She graduated from Chester School in 1935. Over the years she worked at Purdy’s Restaurant, Elmist Turkey Farms where she worked at many fairs selling turkey sandwiches. Later, she worked at the Wooster Daily Record where she assembled papers in the mailroom for 20 years.

Faith always made going to church a priority for the family. God was first and foremost in her life. She attended the New Pittsburg Methodist Church where she taught the women’s and men’s Sunday school classes for nearly 45 years. She also taught student classes. She was in charge of, and taught, Vacation Bible School at Chester School for many years. Faith had also attended West Hill Baptist Church.

Her sons say that it is their mother’s unwavering Faith that made her what she is. She led an active life, full of fun and adventure. She and her husband enjoyed boating, and they traveled throughout the United States in their motorhome.

Faith loved, and enjoyed doing things with, her family. She loved cooking and making meals, pies, and homemade noodles throughout the years and holidays. Faith loved playing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially loved croquet.

Surviving are her sons Robert C. (Marilyn) Houston of Wooster and Allen L. (Judy) Houston of Mansfield; grandchildren Rob (Mari) Houston, Lori (Ken) Rudisell, Holly (David) Miller, Nathaniel Houston and Courtney Patterson; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Faith was preceded in death by her daughter Linda (at birth); her twin sister (at 5 months old); and siblings Erma Thomas, Pearl Feightner, Walter Ogden, and Ray Ogden.

The family wishes to thank West View Healthy Living, and staff, for their love and care of Faith where she resided for the past 7 and a half years. They would also like to thank Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, of Wooster, for their great support and care over the past 6 years. Thank you, as well, to our family and friends for your support, love, and prayers.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.


A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.


Marilyn and Bob-
My deepest sympathies for your family.

Bob and Marilyn, Our sympathy on the loss of your Mom.
Also to the rest of the family. Thoughts and prayers!

Always such a pleasant lady. Enjoyed visiting at Becker Reunions.

Bob, Marilyn & all of Faith's loved ones -Faith was dearly loved & admired. She sure did live a full life. She was a blessing to all. You are in my heart & prayers. <3

My sympathies to your family. We really would have liked to meet her.

I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember her from church when my father took us in the early 1960's. She was always kind and loving to us then.

Mom was very fortunate to have Faith as a friend. The many phone calls, home visits, or going out to eat were greatly appreciated. Sometimes, mom felt that Faith's driving skills were not what they should be but, they always made it home safely. She will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

Robbie, I'm so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Years ago when we worked at Buehlers, you introduced me to her. I recall thinking what an amazing grandma you had and to think you had so many more years with her! I know you all must have wonderful, warm memories to wrap yourself in. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Jim

Faith Houston was a beautiful person who served the Lord with gladness. What a joy to be around, and a "pillar" of the church.

Allen and Bob, I spent alot of time in your home as a kid. I don,t ever remember your mother not having a smile on her face. And I never think she got angry with us, maybe when we shot the car. A great lady. Sorry for your loss.

We are sorry to hear of the loss of Faith and know that she is at peace. Mom, Martha Martin (Foster Becker’s wife) and I remember visiting with her at the Becker Reunion. I know she was afflicted with memory problems as of the last time Mother inquired about her when family was there. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Vicki Cromley

Bob, Allen and families, I remember working with your Mother at ElMist and at a couple of fairs a year in our younger years. Wonderful lady. Good memories for your family to share. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

My Deepest LOVE and CODOLENCES to all the ENTIRE family!
We Appleman boys, and our Dad (DOC) would love going to see Faith
on Halloween time. Dad loved those popcorn balls she had, and so did
us boys!
SHE was a really GREAT PERSON!
Read Ecclesiastics 3: 1-10

My condolences go out to your family in this time of grief

Beautiful write up honoring a lovely lady. Sending deepest sympathies.

I have many wonderful memories of Faith throughout my childhood. Even though we were not relatives we shared cousins, aunts, uncles. Every birthday was an occasion for cake and ice cream. She lived up to her name all through life. A special caring lady and friend of my family. A life well -lived! Sympathies for you and yours.

Bob and Al—We were sorry to read the sad news about your Mom. You and your families were very lucky to have her with you for so many years. We remember her as a lovely lady, and we saw her often when you guys were in school. We hope that a lot of good memories and your nice families will help you through this sad time. Our sincere condolences to all of you.

Faith was a wonderful neighbor and she will always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. She truly was a special lady.

Dear Bob and Marilyn, So sorry to read of your mother's passing. I missed it in the Daily Record but just caught it in the West Salem Messenger. Yes, We do still read the Daily Record. I guess that shows our age! I always loved the VBS at Chester School organized by all the township churches. Sincerely, Jean and Phil.

Bob and Marilyn, Allen and Judy... I was so sorry to learn about your Mom... the photo was great (just as I remember her) and the write-up very nice honoring her... sending digital hugs to you and prayers for you and the rest of your family to help get you through this extremely difficult time.

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