Betty Lou Houser
Betty Lou Houser
  • January 11, 1938 - January 27, 2018
  • Lillington, North Carolina

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Betty Stewart Houser of LIllington, NC passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the UNC Chapel Hill Hospital at the age of 80. Betty was born on January 11, 1938 in Harnett County, North Carolina to the late Kermit Paul Stewart and Roselle Thomas Stewart. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her son Kenneth Worth Temple and daughter LaRhonda Rose Shanholtz. Betty met John Houser, an Air Force captain stationed at Ft. Bragg on St. Patrick's day in 1972. They fell in love and were married on December 1st of that year. After two more years, John resigned from the Air Force and he and Betty relocated to Northern Virginia where they resumed their careers. Betty entered the civil service and with passion and energy advanced her career in facilities management, becoming a building manager at the Pentagon from 1987 to 1993. Her enthusiasm and competence earned her the love, respect and admiration from Secretaries of Defense and Generals to her coworkers and numerous contractors that she supervised. She was especially adept at preparing special events such as inaugurations and dedication ceremonies making use of her love for landscaping and beautification both indoors and outdoors. Her honest and sincere passion for her work earned her the love and admiration of all who knew her. In 1985, her son Ken suffered a severe brain injury in an accident. Betty faithfully attended to his needs constantly for the next 33 years of his life.

Betty was a wonderful mother, wife and friend to all who met her. She loved her family and through all her life she humbly loved God and her Christian faith. She will be profoundly missed by her husband John after being together almost 46 years, 45 of which they were husband and wife. She leaves a brother, Harold Stewart and his wife Jean of Raleigh, NC; a sister Peggy Currin and her husband Larry of Lillington, NC; grandchildren Amanda Stokes and her husband Kevin of Fredericksburg, VA, Christopher Paul Temple of Fredericksburg, VA and Elizabeth Luzier and husband Jared of Bunker Hill, WV; great-grandchildren Kinlee and Kilee Stokes, Tucker and Taylor Grace Luzier; goddaughter Catherine Jones of Lillington, NC and several nieces, nephews other family and friends.

In accordance with Betty's wishes, all services will be private.

All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at .