Mary Elizabeth (Houser) Hampton, age 105, was born on April 4, 1906 in a house just behind the store at Yukon, MO. She was the daughter of John and Etta Mae (Dial) Houser and had a younger sister Ruth.
When she was about 4 years old her father and his brother Frank took their families by train to Brush, Colorado where they each homesteaded property. Mary grew up exactly like the “Little House on the Prairie” story, living in a home constructed of lumber with a dirt floor. She has told many stories of hot dry summers and winter blizzards. After obtaining title to the land, the Houser brothers sold the Colorado property and returned to Missouri where John bought a farm south of Houston in the Indian Creek community and lived there the rest of his life.
Being about four miles out of town it was necessary for Mary to board in town to attend high school and she graduated in the 1925 Houston High school class.
She married William Arthur Hampton in 1926. They moved to Kansas City, MO for some time and returned to Houston around 1933. In 1934 their only child, Ronald Keith Hampton was born. Arthur farmed and worked in some Houston businesses for a time and in 1939 became one of Intercounty Electric’s first employees, as the Electric Co-op was just getting started. Arthur worked for Intercounty until his retirement and Mary was a housewife and also worked some at Fredrick’s 5 and 10 in Houston.
Mary and Arthur loved to travel and visited all 50 states, some of Mexico and a lot of Canada.
Arthur died in 1989 and Mary stayed home for about a year and then lived with her son Ronald in St.Louis for a time then entered Houston House Care facility and after several months moved to Licking Park Manor where she had many active years and made many friends and continued to reside there.
She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Houston.
Mary was active in the Rebecca Lodge and loved her time at the Houston Senior Citizen facility where she enjoyed many friends.
Ronald married Margaret Josephine Heriford and they had Kevin Keith and Ronda Rene which are Mary’s grandchildren. Ronda and Dennis Sulltrop live near Kansas City, MO and Dana and Kevin live in the St.Louis, MO area and have four children, Morgan, Genevieve, Graham and Emma which are Mary’s great-grandchildren that all survive her.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Visitation will be held Saturday February 18, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:00 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Dr. Howell Burkhead officiating. Pallbearers are; Kevin Hampton, Dennis Sulltrup, John Jarvis and Art Heriford. A private burial will be held at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.