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Barbara Jean Houtz - October 12, 2009


Barbara Jean Houtz, 76, Lincoln, Neb., died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 at her home after a three-year struggle with cancer. Barbara was born on Aug. 4, 1933 at North Platte, Neb. to Gust and Florence (Fosbinder) Nelson.
Her life was devoted to her church and her family which included 11 grandchildren. She especially enjoyed attending any and all of the activities in which her children and grandchildren were involved.
After graduation from Elsie High School, she received her nurses training at the Bryan Memorial Hospital where she graduated in 1954. As a registered nurse she worked in hospitals in Kearney, Grant, Sidney and Hastings. While at Hastings she worked at the Hastings Regional Center as the nursing supervisor. Later, she was with the Mary Lanning Hospital at Hastings and was asked to develop the first hospice care program at the hospital. She was head of the hospice program there for 14 years prior to her retirement in 1995.
Barbara loved to travel. Two of her greatest adventures were an Alaska cruise and a trip to England with hospice volunteers to visit the birthplace of the world-wide hospice program.
Her spiritual life was first and foremost in her life and she passes on to her dear family the love she had for her Savior. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and was baptized into Christ’s body while a youth at Elsie, Neb.
Barbara is survived by her husband Glen and their four daughters, Lisa Burham and family of rural Lincoln, Mary Chatelain and family of Kearney, Julie Wallace and family of Lincoln, and Lori Mills and family of Grand Island; her sister Dorothy Magers of Greeley, Colo.; stepbrother Frank Royse of Kearney and stepsister Sharon Newton of Barrington, R.I. She was preceded in death by her parents of Elsie, and her stepmother Wilma Phillips of Kearney and her brother-in-law Dale Magers of Elsie.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at Church of Christ, 5640 Vine Street, Lincoln.
Interment was in the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Memorials may be sent to the Nebraska Youth Camp, 65 Sweetwater Ave., Kearney, NE 68847.
Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at www.roperandsons.com
Roper and Sons of Lincoln was in charge of arrangements.