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Jean Arleen Houck, choir director

August 6, 2022

Jean Arleen Houck, 87, of Lewes, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, of congestive heart failure. She was born Oct. 25, 1934 in Bellefonte, Pa. 

Jean attended West Chester University and worked as a vocal music educator for school districts in Missouri and Pennsylvania, where she inspired countless students in her classroom and through her direction of after-school plays and musicals. Jean married her loving partner, Doris Kayser, May 15, 2015. Jean is survived by her partner, Doris; her cousin, Joan Houck; and a family of friends. 

Jean was an avid reader and bridge player but remained committed to her musical pursuits throughout her life as choir director for St. George’s Chapel in Harbeson, the conductor of the Jazz Mass at All Saints’ Church for the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, and a performer with Clear Space Theatre Company. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 9, in St. George’s Chapel Parish Hall, 20271 Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson, with Rev. Shelley D. McDade officiating. Attendees are asked to prepare a brief memory of Jean to share during the celebration. A luncheon will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. George’s Chapel music program. 

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