Sarah Cockey Houck, 91, homemaker and gardener

April 17, 2005

Sarah Cockey Houck, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died of heart failure Thursday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She was 91.

She was born Sarah Cockey and raised in Monkton. Her maternal grandfather, Samuel Miller, was the owner of several Monkton businesses, including an old hotel that still stands near the former Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, now the Northern Central hiking-biking trail.

Mrs. Houck also was a member of another old Baltimore County family - the Cockeys, founders of Cockeysville.

She attended St. Mary's Seminary and graduated in 1931 from Notre Dame Preparatory School. During the early 1930s, she taught first grade at Miss Robinson's Country Day School in Monkton. During World War II, Mrs. Houck was the village postmistress.

She was married in 1935 to Howard Hawkins Houck, a civil engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who died in 1987.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Houck lived at Athenery, her 18th-century Monkton estate, where she enjoyed preparing gourmet meals for friends and family and entertaining at large parties.

She liked collecting antiques and was an avid gardener and bridge player.

Mrs. Houck was a longtime communicant of St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton, where she established the flower memorial in 1929 and continued managing it until 1988.

She was a member and former regent of the Maryland Line Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plans for services were incomplete.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Howard Houck of Monkton; and a daughter, Sandra Lovelace Houck McLaughlin of White Hall.

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