A Celebration of Life for Katie Mae Houchens

Katie Mae Houchens’s life journey began in Hanover County, Va. on December 31, 1936, born to the late Charlie and Maude Mallory. Her beautiful journey ended peacefully in her sleep at Parham Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Va., her home away from home, on October 5, 2018. She was one of twelve children.

She was educated in Hanover County Public Schools. In 1955, she was married and from this union thirteen children were born including three sets of twins. She was employed at Louisa Shirt Factory and Holly Farms Poultry, and later was a dedicated stay-at-home mom to raise her family.

At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church where she later joined the Senior Ministry. She worshipped there until she became ill. She could always be found sitting in the same seat every Sunday dressed in her Sunday best with her matching hat. Two of her favorite scriptures can be found in the book of Psalms, one of which included the 23rd Psalm. She was faithful and devoted to studying God’s word reading her bible and devotional message from The Daily Bread every day. If you knew her, you knew not to interrupt her bible study time. And if you dined with her, she politely commanded with authority that everyone say grace before eating.

She enjoyed writing and you could find her always capturing dates, times and moments. She always had a sharpie pen nearby and had a unique habit of writing the date on everything she purchased. She wrote a date on every item in her grocery bag before storing them. She captured copious notes on every detail of everything.

In addition to writing, she also loved ironing and was intentional to make sure her outfits were ironed and perfect.

Leaving to cherish her memory are her 11 children: Walter, Gale (Hayes); Charitta; Lorenzo; Glenda; Anthony; Paula (Calvin); Antionette (Wayne); Sharonette (Vincent); Karen (Tyrone) and Darrell (Kim). Other special family members include a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, two sisters-in-law and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two children, John Wayne and Pamela.