Alma Bernadette Houchen

May 7th, 2021

April 8, 1932 – May 7, 2021

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Alma on May 7, 2021 in Vernon, BC. She was born on April 8, 1932 in Colinton, AB. Alma moved to 100 Mile House in 1975 and then to Armstrong in 1987 until the present. She loved her garden and family, the family went on many adventures and she was very active with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Alma was predeceased by her son Richard Houchen, daughter Tracy Ebert and loving husband of 52 years, Archie. She is survived by her children: Cliff (Donna) Houchen, Archie (Maureen) Houchen, Cathy (Dennis) Bowen, Elaine (Gerry) Plamondon, Bill Houchen and Margaret Pacheco (Brent Mitchell).

The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Catholic Church community, Heaton Place and VJH. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00am. Click the link to view the live stream: https://play.webvideocore.net/popplayer.php?it=e83k0j7ok7c4&is_link=1&w=720&h=405&pause=1&title=Recording.

Messages:

We are very sorry to hear of Alma's passing , we have a lot of fun memories with Archie and Alma and our families... our condolences to the family...Tim and Marvel Taphorn

My sincerest condolences to the Houchen family. Mrs. Houchen was a lovely warm lady; who always made me go to church on Sunday if I spent the night as a kid.

My dear sister Alma. I will miss you so much. Thanks for all the good times we had together. Give all our relatives in heaven a big hug for me.

So sad to hear of Aunt Alma's passing and my heart goes out to all the Houchen family. I have so many fond memories of the times our families spent together growing up. No matter what we got up to, it was always a lot of fun, enabled by your Mom and Dad. Aunt Alma was always so loving, helpful, understanding and full of fun. Yes, she will be dearly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her.

So sad to see the announcement of Auntie Alma's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with my cousins and their family's, may peace be with you.

We didn’t know your lovely mother but I will promise to keep up the garden it is my happy place as well . We are so very happy with her house and any time you want we will share all the changes we have done.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Houchen family. I will always remember Aunty Alma as a fun-loving person with a quick laugh and a heart of gold. She was always willing to roll up her sleeves and help out with anything. Her love and unfailing kindness will be missed.

We'll miss you so much Great Grandma! You were the sweetest lady with the most sweet laugh. We all love you! Xoxo

With a heavy heart I mourn the loss of my dear friend Alma. I feel honoured to have had so many memorable years of having Alma as a wonderful friend. From the first meeting in the Yukon in the 1950's and all through the years. The many"different card games", gardening experiments and the family fishing trips visiting us full of jokes and laughter. They were always there for us in times, happy or sad. Her legacy lives on through her wonderful family which I have had the pleasure of watching grow up and becoming responsible and caring adults. The love for the family was always there. May peace be with you.

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Your Mom (grandma, etc) was such an inspiration to everyone. In my very short time knowing her she always had such a wonderful attitude and it was a complete joy to be in her company. I can only imagine how much she is missed today. Keep each other close as you all share one thing and that’s a beautiful piece of her. May she Rest In Peace Forever. Sincerely Rachael Gaylard

Oh, Man...I'm gonna miss Alma's laughter! never a real belly laugh, but always hovering just under the surface, ready to chuckle at almost anything. She found joy in so many things. We'd be making Christmas craft gifts for shut-ins...like 'flying' dove ornaments or accordion-fold ribbon angels or even in the church kitchen pinching peroghies...Alma would always laugh at her efforts to make her fingers 'work' to make the perfect peroghy. I'm sure 50+ years of marriage to Archie and his zany antics to make folks laugh had a lot to do with it....what a pair they were! Happy to be re-united now! Our parish community will dearly miss Alma and her support and encourgement. She loved her large family and my heart goes out to her children and grandchildren. I pray for the Peace of Christ, which passes all understanding, be with you all!

I will miss your smiling face Aunty! but your strength, care and love for others will always be remembered. I too remember many weekends staying at the house in Port Kells when we were young picking blueberries and helping at the farm. It did not matter how full your house was you always had enough love for all of us. Another time (much older) I was staying in Vernon at the hotel/casino for work and I was surprised when I came down to the lobby around 10pm and aunty was standing by the casino entrance. What a nice surprise and odd that it was so late for the young-in to be out. She said that was the best time to go to the crazy place (meaning the casino) We had such a great time! So many awesome memories with aunty over the years. You will always be very special aunty! You will be missed. Sending big hugs to the family!

I have so many fond memories of Aunty Alma! Particularly the blue berry picking season when the family lived in Port Kells! I am picturing a big family reunion up in heaven and a great time being had by all! May she Rest In Peace!

My Auntie Alma was truly one of best, she will be missed by all of us who where lucky enough to know her. I will miss the hour long phone calls that always ended with " I love you Kimmy". She was a wonderful lady and raised wonderful children, grandchildren, great grandchildren to all her nieces and nephews, my heart goes out to all of you. She has left a wonderful memory in all our hearts to cherish.

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