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Cora Lee Houston

July 20, 1927 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 93)

Obituary

Cora Lee (Greene) Houston, 93, of the Willows at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont, formerly of New Kensington, transitioned to her heavenly home while sleeping on August 25, 2020 at 3:29PM.

"Ms. Honey" was a CNA at Bel-air Nursing home, a ticket maker for Lerner’s clothing stores in RIDC Park, where she served as a Union steward. A private duty aide, while working 10 years at Parnassus Adult Day Care.

"Ms. Cora" is survived by her children, Eric Rene Houston, Jacquline “Jackie” Delaine Houston & Odette Kimberly (Houston) Armel; grandchildren, Alexzandrea Lee Sutton, Christa Joy (Sutton) Hatten, Erica (Houston) West. Great grandchildren: Isayah Houston (Stockton California), Kassidy Lee Sutton, Shane Chambers Jr. & Alexia Chambers. Plus many family: Nieces & Nephews and friends.

"Honey Greene" was preceded in death by her parents, Flint Adel Greene Sr., Cora Belle (Smith) Greene, siblings, Shaffer Greene, Magnolia (Greene) Garner, Robert, Henry & Flint Greene Jr.; Grandson, Brandon Rene Houston. 

For many years, Cora was a beloved member of Bibleway Christian Fellowship of New Kensington Pa.  Which is under the guidance of Pastor, Dr Mitchel & Quandra Nickles. Her long time Pastors, & friends.  Where she: sang in the choir, & contributed often by making meals for others, or various functions of the church. i.e./Roaster pan full of Rigatoni. Remember her; BBQ Ribs, Souse Meat (going way back), fresh greens from Uncle Shaffs garden. We her children will never forget our Saturday morning trips to the Strip in Pittsburgh Pa. for fresh vegetables. Oh & her Sweet Potato pies & pound cakes – Delicious!! Just to mention a few food items. 

Some of Cora’s favorite/remembered saying were: “No You Didnt”, “The Lord told me to shut up!”, “Sing me a song”. But when you started singing, she many times changed the word! Let us not forget how she always held out the last note & got louder, often followed by, “Jesus loves us & we love Him!” How about her asking everyone, How old are you? I was born on July 20, 1927 & live(d) at 808 2nd Ave, New Kensington. 

My brother calls her, “My Hero!” My sister would say, “Mom…., then shower her with kisses as she would laugh with the biggest smile. For me, she was simply, “My Cora”, ‘My Mom”, “My Baby”, whom I’d kisses her on her forehead, & ask her to kiss my cheek & which she did gladly.”

-Over the years, Cora had known & loved many people of all ages, walks of life, with various needs & private struggles. But up until her day of transition she held onto a lot of “our” secrets/truths never spoken to others. When asked a question about others, she often responded, “I don’t know” & that was the end of the conversation! For those who worked at the willows you all remember, when Cora was ready to go to sleep - she would cover her head with a blanket regardless of the season- be it hot or cold! 

A special memory was her 92nd birthday party adorned in pink (balloons, plates, napkins, tablecloths, decorations), eating pizza, cake & ice cream. Many family & friends traveled to attend & were a part of that memorable day. What a great time we had & we’ll always remember!

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., New Kensington was entrusted with the arrangements. rossgwalker.com

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