Shirley Houston, 82, of Corydon passed away on Nov. 9, 2017 at Corydon Specialty Care.


Shirley was born on Oct. 21, 1935 to Clarence and Lela (Moss) Ballentine in Perry, Iowa. She attended school in Minburn and graduated from Minburn High School with the class of 1954.


Shirley was united in marriage to Ernest Oliver Houston on Sept. 22, 1955 in Montezuma, Iowa.


Shirley was an amazing cook. Anyone who ever worked for Oliver remembers her wonderful meals. She loved quilting and made each of her daughters and every new grandchild a beautiful quilt. She was also an amazing housewife and mother. She always had snacks ready when the kids came home from school.


Shirley loved doing things for others and never met a stranger. April fools was one of her favorite days. She loved playing pranks on people almost as much as she loved scaring them.


Shirley is survived by her husband Oliver, daughters: Deanne Heaton, Leanne Blizek (Mike), Shelly McElvain (David), grandchildren: Beau Heaton (Stephanie), Cassie Heaton, Chad Holmes (Ashley), Matthew Blizek, Mason Blizek (Mindi), Corina Adams, Brady McElvain (Markie), Savannah McElvain, Samantha Boyd, Stephanie Eason (Tyler), 13 great grandchildren, brother Larry Ballentine (Kathy), sister Betty Feldman (Allen) and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, son Rusty Houston, grandson Chase McElvain, and sister Mary Lou Noonan and several other family members.


Funeral service will be Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Thomas Funeral Home in Corydon. Interment will be at the Indianola IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home in Corydon. Memorials may be given to the family and will be designated at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com.