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Patt Warner Houk
Patt Warner HoukMusicNotesPatt Warner Houk, 75, of Richwood, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida died Monday, January 21, 2008 at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 29, 1932 in Union County to the late A. C. and Ellen E. (Potts) Warner.

She had attended Ohio Wesleyan University, earned her Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University, and her Master's from Wright State University.  She was an active member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church, having played the organ for many years, and the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church of Sarasota where she sang in the choir and was active in the Women's Gatherings.  She was secretary for the Windward Isle Association of Sarasota for many years.  She had been the secretary for the United Methodist Conference at Lakeside and was currently a delegate.  She was well known in the Richwood area as the Reluctant Cook, a column she enjoyed writing for the Richwood Gazette for 21 years.  She taught 31 years and spent 5 years as Assistant Principal of Benjamin Logan High School.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Logan County Retired Teachers and Union County Retired Teachers, honorary memberships in Benjamin Logan National Honor Society (she was the local adviser for 18 years and Logan County Adviser for 5 of those years), International Thespians, the Future Homemakers of America and an Honorary Farmer in the Benjamin Logan Chapter of the FFA.  She enjoyed producing numerous stage shows for her communities and schools.

She is survived by cousins Natalia Howald, Ned Potts, Anna Lee Moffett, Jim Potts, Janis Goforth, Judy Tupis, Mabel Reece, Charles Warner, Lee McCafferty, and Linda Carrel and their extended families and numerous close friends that were special to her.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a cousin, Lew Henry Warner who had lived with her family in earlier years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the Richwood First United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Friday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 1, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Windward Isle Mobile Home Park in the Park Hall on Clark Road in Sarasota.

Memorial Gifts may be made to the Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, OH  43344, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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#1 from: Jamie Clay -Miller
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Mrs. Houk was my High school teacher. She was also the director of the musicals for all 4 years of my high school.  She was a great person and will truely be missed.  I would just like to send my condolences to all of her family and friends.

#2 from: ann monahan
gahanna ohio
Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 9:53 PM

I was very sorry to see mrs. houk's death
she was one of my favorite teachers in high school.  I enjoyed her classs so much and thought she was a great teacher and person
I graduated in 1969

#3 from: John Godwin
West Liberty, Ohio
Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:17 PM

I would just like to express my condolences to Mrs. Houk's family. I am a 1989 graduate of BLHS and am saddened to learn of her death.

#4 from: Terry Hartley
Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 8:36 AM

My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Houk's family.  We taught together for twenty years, and she was always a lady and a true professional.  Her dedication to her students was complete, as was demonstrated by the countless hours she spent at school doing many "extras" beyond the normal work day.

#5 from: Shirley McMahon Allinder
Vero Beach, Florida
Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM

My sincere condolences to Patt's family and friends.  She was three (3) years ahead of me in Richwood High School but I remember her vividly playing the tuba in the band.  In later years  I looked forward to her Reluctant Cook's column every week in the Richwood Gazette and her usually humorous story at the end. Having been away from Richwood and Ohio for so many years I never realized what an accomplished person she was.  She will be sorely missed.  A former Richwood-ite.  

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#7 from: Frank Rash
Melbourne, Florida
Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Dear Family/Friends of Patt Houk -

I am deeply sorry for your loss.  She was a great friend and mentor.  I can't imagine that I won't be able to talk with her or sit and hear her recall a story or some happening in a manner that was always so quintessentially Patt.    I'm sure I speak for many people who will miss Patt's way of turning the most casual of events into side splitting commentary.  Patt's visits with Joyce Core on their trips between Ohio and Florida have become something of a tradition so unfairly ended by her loss.

I've known Patt since our "Promises" summer; my first venture onto the community theater stage in "Promises Promises" and Patt's "coming out" summer as she liked to call it.  This is a year that seems both so long and just a short time ago.  Regardless, the time since has been packed full of many good times and experiences with Patt being my teacher and musical director in High School and my dear friend and confidant in adult life.

When I graduated from college (a place Patt and I liked to call “THE Ohio State University”) Patt made a cookbook for me which she titled, “Frankly Cooking, without Rashly Spending time, Money, or Energy”.  She used a somewhat rash-like contact paper for the stenciled lettering on the cover.  I use the cookbook yet today for “The Best Meatloaf Ever”, or to whip up some “Copper Pennies”, or “Aunt Ellen’s 1,2,3,4 Salad”.

I've heard Patt say before that she'll know she's reached heaven when a group of kids run up to her say, "Hey Mrs. Houk - let's do a show".   So, what will it be Patt?  A reprisal of some of your great performances...."My Fair Lady", "Cinderella", Music Man", "...Matress", "Guys and Dolls"....perhaps something yet to be done, like "Damn Yankees".

"Good Bye Old Girl”  ... I'll miss you so.

Sincerely and with Sympathy,
Frank Rash

#8 from: Judy Masters
Columbus, Ohio
Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Patt was a remarkable, delightful, bright, brillant, funny and loyal friend..  I shall miss her tons and tons...  and so will all the readers of her outstanding articles in the Richwood Gazette... Special condolences to her family and friends...  Wrap yourselves in wonderful, fun memories of Patt... God bless!!!

#9 from: Merry Smith
Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Patt was the director of our handbell choir and Sunday school teacher when I was a teenager.  We always had a wonderful time and enjoyed her witty remarks and stories.  During church, we would sit in the balcony and play the bells along with the hymns, mostly for practice.  She was, of course, sitting at the front of the church playing the organ but we could always see her watchful eyes in the mirror making sure we were behaving ourselves.  There was always a tiny 'threat' before church began if we didn't.  As a teenager, Patt encouraged me to play the piano for church and kept encouraging me over the years.  I will miss her organ preludes, her sense of humor and her stories.


#10 from: Ronda Smith Hisle
Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 5:13 PM

I was so deeply sadden to hear of Patts passing. I became an avid reader because of her generousity in being my private library and loaning me her beloved Nancy Drew books. Pat was a wonderful neighbor and a warm caring friend. Please know I will keep your family in my prayers.

#11 from: Julie Elliot Scott
Boulder, Colorado
Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

To the family and friends of Patt,
   I was so very saddened to hear the news of Patt's passing.  She had such a strong influence on my life - and I feel fortunate to hold on to many wonderful memories from my time spent with Patt.  I was in the first Ben Logan musical under Patt's direction...My Fair Lady - and I smile to think of the times I would go "over the top" just to make Patt laugh!  
    When I married, Patt gave me a copy of the cookbook she had put together for Frank Rash.   I cherish the stories in those Gazette columns.  My mother, Lorena Elliot, until her death, would send on each week's column to me.  After that, I received the Gazette here in Boulder - just to get my "touch of home" each week from Patt's column.
    I am feeling so blessed as we exchanged long letters just the week prior to Patt's death.  I will miss her so very much, but feel so very fortunate to have known such a grand lady, and to have called her my friend.  
     My prayers are with those family and close friends of Patt.  
     Julie Elliot Scott

#12 from: Jane Kerns
Honolulu, HI
Fri, Feb 1, 2008 at 10:21 PM

To Patt's family - - She will always be remembered by me and the lives she touched as a teacher.  She brought our classes so close through her work with the theatre.  "Brigadoon" and "Bye Bye Birdie" at Buckeye Local will always hold special memories for me.  Her talent, energy, support, and love were always present.  God bless her, and peace to you all.  Love, Jane

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