Shirley Houk

Shirley Houk

Shirley (Adams) Houk, a vibrant soul full of life, has entered the Kingdom of Heaven on March 16, 2024, after a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s.

Shirley, a social butterfly with infectious energy, thrived on connecting with everyone, making any encounter feel like a reunion. She was an energizer bunny, forever active and passionate about her many pursuits.

Her family, church, sewing, gardening, and community involvement brought her immense joy. Traveling and spending time in the mountains held a special place in her heart.

Shirley’s zest for life extended to her education. In the 1970s, she returned to school and graduated as valedictorian of Glen Burnie High Night School, an accomplishment she held dear.

While always maintaining that her most important role was being a wife and mother, Shirley also enjoyed a diverse career path. She worked in the optical industry, sold Avon and Tupperware, nurtured children in a school cafeteria, cultivated beauty at a greenhouse, nurtured creativity at fabric shops, and ultimately found fulfillment supporting families as an exceptional doula.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, G. Edward Houk III, and their children, Jeffery Houk, girlfriend Teresa Ellison and estranged wife Janice Houk, Wanda Denver and her husband David. She will also be deeply missed by her grandchildren Vanessa James, Jeff D Houk, Jessica Hine, Eric Thomas, Brian Thomas, and Joe Denver; her great-grandchildren, Liam & Ezra James, Caerus Houk, Sarana Hine, and Callen Thomas; and her siblings Elvin Adams, Karen Cristiano, and Kevin Adams.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the South Morgan County Firehouse in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. on Saturday, April 27. Visitation begins at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. service and a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Greenwood Chapel (Greenwood United Methodist Church) in Berkeley Springs or to the South Morgan County Firehouse.

To reflect Shirley’s desire for a joyful celebration, attendees are encouraged to wear bright colors.

Shirley will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.