Erma Dean (Kirkling) Houston
6/7/1933 - 1/8/2017
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Services for Erma Dean Kirkling-Houston, 83 of Tyler, are scheduled for noon Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church with Dr. M.K. Mast, eulogist.

Erma made her heavenly ascent on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Erma was born on June 7, 1933, in Nacogdoches to the parentage of the late Leroy Kirkling and Margaret Moten Kirkling.

She graduated from Emmett J. Scott High School in 1951 and continued her education, graduating from Modern Beauty College, Tyler.

Erma Dean met the love of her life, Roy Lee Houston, and remained married for more than 64 years. Erma Dean was a self-employed beautician prior to retiring to become a full time grandmother.

Early in life, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was a faithful member of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church and remained active until her health failed. She was devoted to her family and friends. A loving person, who enjoyed life and all that life offered, she shared her laughter and excitement with others. Her home and heart were always open to all, and she was "the other mother" to many people.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Pamela K. Houston Parks; brother, Leroy Kirkling Jr.; and sisters, Ruth Mildred Campbell and Annie M. Mosley.

Profoundly saddened by her passing, yet rejoicing in her life and deeds are a loving and caring husband, Roy Lee Houston Sr; daughter, Jacqueline (Thomas) Monroe, Tyler; son, Roy Lee Houston Jr., Tyler; grandchildren, Christopher B. Houston, Sugar Land, and Shannon Parks, Richardson; sister, Venetia (Frank) Conley, Dallas; five great-grandchildren, Pamela, Jessalyn, Solomon, Donnell and Donnette of Richardson; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Public viewing will be 1-7 p.m. Friday at Community Funeral Home, Tyler, and 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 13, 2017.
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January 21, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with the family during this difficult time.
January 19, 2017
Our prayers are with The Houston family...
The Evaige Family
January 18, 2017
My heartfelt sympathy to the Houston and Kirkling Families.
Jeanne Carol Sherman Desuze
January 16, 2017
May her memory be for a blessing to her family and friends.
Linda Mosley
January 13, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Houston family. Aunt Dean will be dearly missed. She was like a mom to my husband Donald Ray and Uncle Roy is like a father. I love them dearly and they are beautiful people. Rest in peace Aunt Dean. With much love to the family. Nona Mosley.
January 13, 2017
Aust Erma Dean,
You will be dearly missed. You were such a loving Aunt to my husband Donald Ray. You were just like a mother to him. You and aunt Ruth. You were always sweet to me and I love you and remember you always. My deepest sympathy to the Houston family.
Nona Mosley.
Nona Mosley
January 13, 2017
I was sadden when I heard about Erma Dean's death. May the many Memories of her bring you Peace and Comfort During this Very Difficult Time. May the love that she had for you remain in your heart now and forever.

Thinking of You Always
Brinda Simmons
January 13, 2017
Cynthia Ervin and family we are praying for your family on the lost of your AUNT DEAN.ETMC CLINIC.
January 13, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sherry Choice
January 13, 2017
Expressions of love and deepest sympathies are extended to the Houston and to the Parks family. We are so sorry for your loss. Love you Jackie and Shannon
Sharon J Peevy
January 13, 2017
"Our sincere condolences to the family."
Gill & Cecelia Arnold
January 13, 2017
To Cynthia Ervin and family so sorry for the lost of your aunt,Deborah Mosley.
January 13, 2017
Juanita Lovelave
January 13, 2017
My prayers as well as my deepest sympathy are with you and your entire family at this time of bereavement...May Our Heavevely Father Bless and Be with you All.....
Rest in the arms of the Lord Mrs.Erma....Love You Shannon!!.....Juanita Lovelace (stylist)
Juanita Lovelace
January 13, 2017
This Lady was a very Sweet person,I Love to be around her on the cut,she will be missed. Geneice Maxson Family
January 13, 2017
Carolyn Williams
January 13, 2017
Mr.&Mrs.Sam Williams
January 12, 2017
Shannon Dean
Wearing your crown now- we love you GG!
Shannon Parks
January 12, 2017
Rest in Heaven Mrs. Houston. We wish the Houston family our deepest condolences for your loss.
Derrill, Keysha, Dallas, Dawson, Kaylan James
January 12, 2017
I wIll miss you Aunt Dean.
Your Niece
Angela Spigner-Geter
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