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Bessie Mae Paremore Houston

April 9, 1925 — August 31, 2020

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Bessie Mae Paremore Houston passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2020. She was born on April 9, 1925 in Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida to the late Violet Payne and Sandy Paremore, Sr. On December 14, 1944, Bessie married Clarence Houston, who served in the US Army and were blessed with three children. She was a devoted Christian and a member of Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church since 1956. She served as Choir President for two terms and sang in the choir most of her life until she became ill.
Mrs. Houston valued education. After raising her family she went back to school and earned her GED. Earning her High School diploma was a proud achievement. She often said, "When there is a will, there is a way." She loved math and aspired to take business courses to continue improving herself. She held a full time job starting at the age of 18 with the Florida Department of Commerce as a Store Keeper Property Clerk and retired after forty years.
Mrs. Houston cared for her husband post stoke until he passed. She was guardian of and cared for her cousin for years until she passed. She has always been a strong independent woman who devoted her life to her family, church, friends, community and God. She impacted the lives of many young people by encouraging and driving them to church and bible school. She encouraged her three children to get an education and complete college. She was a giver, not a taker.
Mrs. Houston enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, singing, fishing and sewing. She especially enjoyed fishing and eating fish and grits at fish fries.
Mrs. Houston was always peaceful, kind and generous. She would literally give the blouse off her back. During her 95 years on earth, Mrs. Houston lived a good quality life. During the past few years she gradually suffered a number of medical complications that adversely impacted her quality of life. She never gave up and did not complain. Those who were lucky enough to know and care for her always commented on her calming personality and her warm smile. Even when a stoke left her unable to speak she would wave to and reach out to hug and shake the hands of others.
Mrs. Houston enjoyed many activities with her family and friends. She enjoyed being around her children, grandchildren and great grand-children. She especially enjoyed traveling with her family and attending their activities, sporting games, recitals and their school programs. She shared her love with her family and friends.
Mrs. Houston was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Houston; her daughter Rosa Autery; sisters Mildred Reveire Garland, and Allie Mae Hill; and her brother Wylie Payne.
Mrs. Houston leaves behind to cherish her memories:
Her daughter, Ida Houston Wiedel of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter, Lisa Wiedel Cameron, MD and her husband CDR Alan Cameron, CHC, USN of Miami, FL; granddaughter, Heidi Hebert and Joseph Hebert; great-granddaughters, Makayla and Mia Hebert of Kansas City, MO. Her son, Fred Houston, Sr., and wife Debbie Houston of Lake Charles, LA; granddaughter, Latrell Edwards and husband Reginald Edwards; great-grand children Rhagen and Ramon Edwards of St. Johns, FL. Her grandson Fred Houston, Jr. and wife Cynthia Houston of Richmond, VA; great-granddaughter Whitney Henderson and great-great grandsons, Terrance, Terreon, Spencer and Cayden. Her grandson, Johnathan Norwood and wife Denise Norwood; great-grand children Kaylin and Jordon Norwood of Cape Coral, FL. Her sister, Florence Smith of St. Petersburg, FL. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces, friends and loving church members.
Bessie Houstons Celebration of Life will be modified, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
While in Kansas City, Missouri, a family prayer service will be held to remember and pray for Bessie Houston at Muehlebach Funeral Home. Live stream will be available for friends and family to view on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4pm CST. Following, she will be flown to Tallahassee, Florida to be laid to rest. The burial prayer service will be in Tallahassee, Florida conducted by Strong & Jones Funeral Home and Mt. Pleasant P.B. Church. The date of the burial service in Tallahassee, FL is to be determined.

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