Shirley Ann Houser

Dec 31, 1936 - Sep 7, 2012


Shirley Ann Houser passed away peacefully on September 7, 2012, surrounded by her family.  She was a loving mother, grandma and friend to many.  She cherished her family and adored her three grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey & Jillian.  Shirley was known for her larger-than-life personality, her generosity and her willingness to always help a friend in need. Her husband of 53 years, Buren and her brother Virgil preceded her in death.  She will be missed by her sons, Ray (Liz), Kevin (Leann) and Randy; her niece Michelle Luker, nephew Craig Luker and sister-in-law Violet Morris.

Shirley retired from the California Youth Authority, where she worked for over 30 years.  She continued to serve her fellow retiree’s as a delegate to CSEA’s California State Retirees; working tirelessly to protect the rights of retired civil service employees.  She was also active in the Widowed Persons Association, where she provided friendship and a warm heart to those who were experiencing the loss of their spouse.

Shirley loved to take her granddaughters, Lindsey and Jill to Sacramento’s Music Circus, where she would get to show them off to her large circle of friends.  She was also active in two Bunco groups, who enjoyed her famous Mountain Top muffins and Danish Puff.  


Services will be held Saturday, September 29th at 1:30 p.m. at East Lawn Elk Grove located at 9189 East Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA  916-732-2031. 

Donations in her name may be made to California Musical Theatre- Music Circus 1510 J Steet Sacramento, CA 95814 Suite# 200


  • Marcia Hogue says:

    I’m so sorry to you all for your loss of your mom and Gma. She really did have a dynamic personality. I miss her very much. She meant so much to me, and she had endeared herself to many people in my family. One of my favorite memories of Shirley is when she and Jill came to my daughter Karie’s bridal shower. My daughter Shellie sat next to Shirley during the gift opening. Afterward Shellie came to me and said, “mom, Shirley is SO funny. She had me cracking up the whole time! I can’t wait to get together with her again.” That’s how I felt about her. I just really enjoyed her. My thoughts are with you all- all the time.

  • Doreen Bushaw says:

    Words cannot express the losses that the Houser family has been through this last year, Shirley and her brother; Virgil will be missed dearly. Shirley was a great mother and grandmother. She was very proud of her family and had the deepest love for them. And Yes she did make the best Danish Puff. πŸ™‚ My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please except my deepest sympathy.

  • Mary Anne Giannotti Almeida says:

    As Shirley’s Maid of Honor and long-time friend – she can never be replaced. Her caring and loving heart will always be missed. I will not only miss her at Bunco but the weekends I spent with her and Jill challenging her to numerous games – she did not like to lose – but she will always be a winner with me. I loved her and will always remember her.

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