Deborah Elizabeth Houchin
1948 - 2005
Deborah Elizabeth Houchin, 56, passed away Friday, July 22, 2005.

Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship has been established at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, Box 19129, 211 S. Cooper, Arlington, Texas 76019, attn.: Donna Pope

Deborah Houchin was born Nov. 22, 1948, in Lynwood, Calif. She was a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and had been a marriage/family therapist for over 20 years.

Deborah was an American Airlines flight attendant, a member of KIWI Club and a member of Texas Marriage and Family Therapists.

Deborah was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Treff; stepfather, Chuck Swope; brother, Randy Treff; and grandfather, Francis Treff.

Survivors: Mother, Elizabeth Swope; brother, Cary Treff and his wife, Marsha Treff, and their daughter, Lindsey Treff; sister, Marlene Wallem and her husband, Joseph Wallem, and their son, Jered Wallem, and daughter, Jesica Wallem; stepsons, Craig Houchin and wife, Suzanne, and three children, and Blake Houchin and wife, Lisa, and two children; and nephews, Tyson and Travis Treff, sons of Randy Treff.

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I want everyone to know after 15 yrs of DEBORAH HOUCHINS murder as i started seeing her as a young patient on how much i miss her and want people to know what a huge impact she had on my life, She was such a " MOTHER HEN" to me as i still think about her often and How much i wish she was still here! SHE IS MISSED AND NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN HER MEMORY LIVES ON!!! R.I.P MISTY COKER
Misty Coker
March 3, 2020
I still miss you every time I think of you. No one could ever or will ever replace you. I've found no other therapist like you. I hope you knew you were not only loved by your family but also by your patients. I can't even find words that can describe how devasted I was to hear of your passing and what an emptiness you've left in my heart and life. I know for sure you are now in Heaven where you belong for all the good you did here on earth and for the many lives you saved with your kind and caring personality. You always gave of yourself even when a patient couldn't pay her co-pay like myself. You are terribly missed and still loved...
Teresa Sabalboro
March 6, 2018
Debra was a very sweet and caring therapist. She helped my husand and I thru a tough time. I continued to see her on and off but stayed in touch. The last time I went to see her is when I found out what happened to her and I was devasted. Debra was more than just a therapist. She became a friend. I will never forget her and can't wait to see her again in heaven where I am sure she is. I still miss you Debra.....
Teresa Sabalboro
March 6, 2018
Deborah helped me and my grandsons
through a very difficult time in our lives. We loved her so much and will miss her. May God Bless all of her family which she was so proud of them. Her death is so hard for me to accept.
I love you Deborah
Rita Patterson
March 1, 2006
Though I hadn't seen Deborah in several years, I thought about her often. She helped both my daughter and myself and for that I will be eternally grateful. Rest in Peace and know that you were loved and respected. We will miss you.
love hugs & blessings
Carol & Shirlee
Carol Clinch
August 23, 2005
Deborah had an exceptional gift. She never failed to guide her clients to reach for and attain the magic living within them. She saw me through a crushing time and effortlessly opened doors that lead me to reverse a professional and personal devastation to a resounding triumph, then begin a new career. I told her that together, we had built a person. Typically, she gave me the credit. Our community has lost a treasure and a lovely and loving woman. Peace be with her.
Andrea Rich
August 18, 2005
Debbie and I flew together for AA in the early 70's and became friends. We always had such fun together. We lost touch shortly after she married Jerry and I moved to Little Rock to marry John. I've often thought of Debbie remembering the fun we had and wondered where her life had taken her. I now know that she was a therpist and touched and helped heal many lives. I was shocked and saddened to receive the notice of her passing. Debbie was a beautiful, fun and full of life girl ... she will be missed by all that knew her.
American Airlines F/A, Class 66-7
"Dee" Donna Bengtson Ostner
August 17, 2005
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Ms. Houchin. She was my counselor for many years and was so helpful in my recovery My prayers go out to all that have been impacted by this tragedy. She was truly a remarkable person.
Bonnie (Brandt) McCrory
August 11, 2005
I felt a great loss with Deborah's passing. She was my counselor since 1997. She seemed much more like a friend then any kind of bunisess relationship. I will miss her dearly. God bless her survivors.
K Priddy
August 10, 2005
Deborah was my counselor and friend. I will miss her greatly.
Brad Pike
August 1, 2005
I am so saddened to hear of the lost of Deborah. She has been my therapist for 4 months. I lost my mother 2months ago and Deborah has truly been a blessing to me during this time. She always knew what to say to me in my lowest times. Deborah will be truly be missed by me. My prayers are with the entire family. Thank God for having such a wonderful person in our lives.
Trina Evans
August 1, 2005
Debora touched many lives including my own. She inspired me to reach for my dreams and goals and to never give up on them. She is a large part of my achieving them today. She has given me a beautiful gift that will keep on giving. Thank you Deborah.
J Bolt
July 31, 2005
Dear Family, When my husband died in 1997, Deborah helped me get my life together, for this you can be extremely proud. I was/am so sadden by her tragic death and so sorry that we have lost a very special person, loved one and dear friend. May God bless you, her family and give you peace and comfort. I will miss Deborah very much and I will find comfort in all that she has taught me in knowing that I can survive after the death of my beloved husband. Many blessing to all who loved Deborah.
Shirley Shady
July 31, 2005
Debbie and I have a business relationship, but business talk was quickly replaced by friendship each time I met with her. She will be missed. Stacie York
Stacie York
July 31, 2005
Deborah, What a void there will be without you. I hope you knew how much you were respected and loved.
Blessings to your family and friends whose grief must be overwhelming.
Judy Bethune
Judy Bethune
July 31, 2005
I was one of Deborah's patients and she was truly a special person. Your family are in my prayers. I don't know what I am going to do without her. She really made an impact on my life. It was a blessing to have her become part of my life.
Micheal Meriwether
July 30, 2005
Dear Cary and Family:
I worked in marketing for the clinic and grew very fond of Deb, she was a wonderful warm person who would do anything to help someone who was in need. I was so deeply saddened by the loss of Deb. I pray for the peace of her family and friends. I know that she is looking down on us and telling us that she is okay. Cary and Marsha I haven't seen you much since leaving my employment with the clinic but I hope that you will have peace in your life. I know this is a very difficult time for you, my prayers are with you. God Bless you and your family.

Cindy, Taylor, Fred, Bobbie, Lisa Burleson
Cindy Burleson
July 30, 2005
I am going to miss you, Debbie. You were one on the best Kiwis at our Kiwi parties.
Harry Kent
July 30, 2005
God bless you, Deborah!
Jock Bethune
July 30, 2005
I'm was so sorry to hear about Deborah. She was my counselor years ago in 1987/1988. She was a great person and counselor.
Alice Cash
July 30, 2005
Deborah - You will be greatly missed, not just by me but so many other people also. You were the only person who helped me figure out who I was & to not make the same mistakes from my past, in the future. I loved you dearly & I don't know what I will do without you, as you were such a big part of my life & I always knew that you would be there for me. I loved you,
Cathy Lynn Coufal-Alberts
Cathy Lynn Coufal-Alberts
July 30, 2005
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