Jeanne R. Houck, 87

Homemaker, bridge player

September 30, 2007

Jeanne R. Houck, a homemaker and bridge player, died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 87.

Jeanne Ripley was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. After graduating from Girls' Latin School in 1938, she went to work as an administrative assistant at Waverly Press and then in sales for William & Wilkins Co.

She later earned her real estate license and worked in real estate sales for the Russell T. Baker Co. from 1954 to 1960 while operating a Christmas card business from 1950 to 1970.

"She loved playing bridge, traveling and vacationing with her family at their condo in Bethany Beach, where she often went fishing with her husband," said her daughter, Jeanne S. Thompson of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Houck, who had lived on Mossway in Pinehurst for many years before moving to the retirement community in 1995, was a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

Her husband of 34 years, George E. Houck, who had managed Stebbins Anderson Co.'s air-conditioning and fuel departments for 32 years, died in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at the First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave.

Also surviving are a son, Charles Spoerer III of Ocean City; a stepson, Tyler P. Houck of Lake Wales, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Barrie Islev-Petersen of Chester; a sister, Catherine R. Struven Tydings of Lutherville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Charles Spoerer Jr. ended in divorce.

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