Ruby Pauline Houtchens, age 92 of Portland, formerly of Orange County, California, passed away on Sunday, November 7 2021 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center.
A native of Independence, Missouri, she was born to the late Samuel E. Barnes and Otaline P. (Kennicutt) Barnes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill G. Houtchens; and step-son, Chris Houtchens.
Mrs. Houtchens spent most of her life as a tax preparer, however in her earlier years, she was a car hop, and an operator for Pac Bell. Her spunky, witty, and adventurer’s spirit taught her to not be afraid to try anything new. She was the matriarch of her family who loved to reminisce, and demonstrated to her children, and grandchildren on how to be a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by her children, William Houtchens (Lynne) of Nevada, Sammie Condron (Tom) of Bluffton, S.C., Polly Mathews (Don) of Portland, Tim Houtchens (Peggy) of Missouri; grandchildren, Bryan Houtchens, Kara Wheeler, Jacob Houtchens, Megan Condron, Chad Scott, Blake Mathews, Brett Gernertt; eighteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; step-grandkids, Eric Houtchens, Rebecca Rolewicz, T.J. Houtchens, LaTonia Houtchens, Pauletta Houtchens; brother, Glen Barnes of Missouri; sister, Beverly Sayman of Oregon; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will have an informal gathering on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Arrangements entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Home. 202 E. Main Street, Gallatin, Tennessee.