Susan Houghton, 69, of White Pigeon passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born May 17, 1942, in North Canton, Ohio, to Arthur James and Rosemary (Garrison) Shahan.
She is survived by her children, Carla Bordine of White Pigeon, Cynthia Ernst of Decatur, James Houghton of Sturgis, William Houghton of Goshen, Ind., and Cathy Houghton of Three Rivers. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, Michael Warren of Kalamazoo, Samantha Plank of Constantine, Brandi Clewell of South Bend, Ind., Shannon Clewell of Auburn, Ind., Christopher Houghton of Decatur, Amanda Houghton and Mark Houghton, both of Middlebury, Ind., Laura Workman, Jacob Houghton and Kelsey Houghton all of Goshen, Aiden Houghton of Ohio, Scott Fox of Kalamazoo, Reggie and Nathan Jones of Three Rivers and Cassie Crill of Canton. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Shahan of Davis, Calif.; and two brothers, John Shahan of Claremont, Calif., and Arthur Shahan of Norco, Calif.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents.
Susan started the Michigan Organic Growers Association and through that program she touched many lives. She also loved gardening, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Visitation for Susan is 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, Ind. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials for Susan may be given to The Giving Tree in Lansing.