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Doris Elaine Van Houten, 83, a resident of rural Columbia City, went to be with the Lord at 12:46 p.m. Thursday March 28, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Saturday. She was born September 8, 1929 in Ari, Allen County, Indiana, a daughter of the late Wyland and Iva (Gump) Zumbrun. Her formative years were spent in Union Twp., Whitley County. She graduated from Coesse High School in 1947.
On Feb. 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Dale Obert Van Houten. They have always made their home in Whitley County. Dale died Oct. 9, 1994.
She began her work career with the former Blue Bell, Columbia City for 10 years. Later she worked for Scottâ€™s Bakery and then United Technologies, Columbia City. She was a full-time homemaker raising their two children.
She was a charter member of the Columbia City Church of the Brethren where she worshipped and served as the church receiving treasurer, Sunday school teacher and active in the Womenâ€™s Fellowship.
Surviving relatives include her two children, Pamela (Michael) Hoppe of Columbia City and Steven (Lisa) Van Houten of Plymouth; grandchildren, Scott (Cara) Hoppe of Fort Wayne, Seth (Andrea) Hoppe of Hamlet, Stephanie (Michael) Bradbury of Roanoke, Sherlynn (J.J.) Sims of Roanoke, Joshua Van Houten of Plymouth and Erin Van Houten of Plymouth; five great-grandchildren, Blake Rice, Brett, Carsen and Caleb Hoppe and Gracie Bradbury; a sister, Betty Rex; and a brother, Paul (Evelyn) Zumbrun, both of Columbia City.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Esther Shearer Poe. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Columbia City Church of the Brethren with Pastor Dennis Beckner and Pastor Steven Van Houten officiating. Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the Columbia City Church of the Brethren. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.