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Mary Jane Lyles Houston was born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1922, in Dallas, Texas. She was the only child of Lora Kelley and George Wesley Lyles. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, Texas, attended Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas, Austin. She then pursued graduate studies at the Worden School of Social Service, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio. Following WWII, she married Reagan Houston, III November 13, 1945, who preceded her in death September 18, 1992. She was also predeceased by her parents, her father-in-law, Reagan Houston, Jr., mother-in-law, Ettie Kincaid Houston, and her sister-in-law, Josephine Houston Thompson. Two children and four grandchildren survive her, sons: Reagan Houston, IV (Patricia) and Lyles Houston; grandchildren: Barcley Houston, Bryan Houston, Hunter Houston, and Louisa Houston Vann (Philip). Mrs. Houston and her husband enjoyed adventure travel worldwide. They were on the first civilian expedition to Antarctica in 1969. Her informative talks and film on Antarctica and a subsequent trip, the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda were popular presentations in every school district in Bexar County. Mrs. Houston had a long history of volunteerism within the San Antonio Community, from pre-concert talks at the S. A. Symphony Children's Concerts to work at the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Her board memberships included The Visiting Nurses Association (Founding Member), The President's Committee Trinity University, Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, the Community Welfare Council, San Antonio Symphony Society, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Art Institute and Junior League of San Antonio. She was Mistress of the Robes for the Order of the Alamo. She served on the executive Committee for Hemisfair '68 where she created the VIP Hostess Group "Our Fair Ladies". She created and was a founder of the Alamo Heights School Foundation which raises private funds to augment public education funds for the Alamo Heights Schools. She was also a member of The Battle of Flowers Association, Fenwick Club and a devoted member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church for over 65 years. Most importantly she was unwavering in her love and support of her husband, her children and grandchildren.
Death ends a life, but it doesn't end a relationship.
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
315 E. PECAN
Rev. Michael Chalk will officiate. A private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or a
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Published in Express-News from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2013