Anita Lillian (Horton) Houser was born August 4, 1936 and died December 27, 2020. She was born in Huntersville, Minnesota to Neroy Delos Horton and Edythe Lillian (Havenor) Horton. She married the neighbor boy, Roland Keith Houser, on January 3, 1953. They had four children: Keith Neroy (deceased 2016), Vernon Roland, Leslie Alan, and Corinne Kay.
Anita was known for her wonderful caramel rolls, “homemade” buns and putting on a full turkey dinner for a crowd at a moments notice.
Anita had strong faith in Jehovah God’s promises of resurrection, which the Bible helped her understand as “raising up” or “standing up again.” She knew that a person who is resurrected is raised up from death and restored to life as the person she was before. (1 Corinthians 15:12, 13). Through the scriptures, Anita knew some people are resurrected to life in heaven to rule as kings with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1 and Revelation 5:9, 10), Anita acknowledged her hope of the resurrection was to life on earth as promised in Psalms 37:29 that reads: “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.”
Anita’s firm belief in the resurrection was based on nine witnessed and detailed accounts of resurrections in the Bible. She also read the accounts that shows that God both has the ability and the desire to bring back the dead. She knew that Jehovah God keeps in his limitless memory a detailed record of each person he will resurrect by means of his almighty power. She received comfort from knowing that God is not only able to restore the dead to life, but he wants to! The Bible says of God at Job 14:15 “You will long for the work of your hands.” Anita enjoyed sharing this hope with others, spending many hours through her life in the Christian ministry.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Vern and Colleen of Gilbert, Les and Patti of St. George, UT, Corinne and Larry Elfelt of Andover, MN, and daughter-in-law Tina Breckenridge Houser of Carlton, WA; grandchildren: Jamie Houser, Kimberly Houser, Mitchell Houser, Mollie Houser, Tawny Rupp, Natasha Banwart, Jade Houser, Rochelle Elfelt, Morgan Swingen, Max Elfelt; great-grandchildren: Eden, Hazel, Emmitt, Lyla, Larkin, Aleister.
Also survived by brothers; Elvin, Norval, Ardell, Marlyn, Loren and Arnie; and sisters: Marladeen Dickson, Vallery Bergman and Maxine Horton and sister-in-law Ruth Horton.
Preceded in death by her parents, son Keith, brothers Delmar, Harvey and Orlan.