Betsy Houser, 92, passed away Dec. 11, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga.
She was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Greenup County.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Evans; a son, Richard Carson Houser; and her husband, Fred Richard "Dick" Houser.
She grew up in and around Ashland and attended one year of college. During World War II, she worked at a munitions factory.
After the war, she married Dick Houser and began raising her kids in Ashland before moving to Paris, Ky., then Somerset and finally settling in Louisville, until her kids were grown.
Betsy volunteered with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and PTA. During this time Betsy became a real estate agent and eventually started her own real estate company as a broker.
Upon retirement, Dick and Betsy moved around and for a time lived in Berea, where they volunteered with the National Forest Service by helping to clear hiking trails and preparing land surveys. They also operated a craft business making braided rugs.
Later, they moved to Continental Country Club in Wildwood, Fla., where they enjoyed playing golf and taking cruises.
Betsy always enjoyed reading and in 2011, she wrote and published her first fiction novel called "Summer is Her Name." "Writing a book was a challenge," Betsy said. "I read a book by a well-known author and thought 'I could write a book like that.' Writing and publishing a book is complicated. Establishing the characters and holding the attention of the reader is hard."
Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were excited to send Betsy to a local bookstore on July 30, 2016, to have a book signing party. Betsy said that the highlight of this event was arriving at the store, seeing a sign out front and knowing her wish was becoming a reality. The book signing was a success, which made Betsy feel famous around her community! She had a truly wonderful day.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan Houser, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Houser and Raidy Houser of Peachtree Corners, Ga.
Published on December 16, 2017