Karlyn Elizabeth Henderson Houston, 74, of Odessa died Saturday, November 24, 2012, in Crane. Karlyn was born June 6, 1938, in Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, to Lillian Kaltriter and Malcom Henderson. She grew up and attended elementary school in Navasota, TX, Clovis, NM, and Denver, CO. She received a scholarship to attend Mount Carmel High School in Denver, CO, from the 8th to 10th grades. She moved to Clovis, NM, to attend high school, in the 11th and 12th grades. Karlyn was a member of several organizations including the newspaper staff as a reporter and Girls Debating Club. Her senior year she was Editor of the school annual, graduated with honors and went to EMNU on scholarship, majoring in Research Chemistry.
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She married Howard Houston in Fort Sumner, NM's First Methodist Church on December 28, 1956, which lasted for 57 years. She was a Catholic. She lived in Clovis, Artesia, and Gallup, NM, Levelland and Odessa, TX. She worked at 7-11 before becoming a seamstress for several cleaners, and starting her own alteration business, eventually being hired as a U.S. Postal Clerk where she eventually retired from. She as active in Girl Scouts, Band Boosters, and Beta Sigma Phi. The love of her life were her books, she could never get enough time to read.
Karlyn had five children, Samuel Houston and Suzan Houston of Odessa, Fred William Houston of Andrews, David Houston of Midland, and Howard Charles Houston of Odessa. She had six grandchildren and one great-grandson. She is also survived by a brother, Bill Henderson and his wife, Kenda of Santa Fe, NM.
No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. To sign the guest book go to sunsetodessa.com.
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012