Shari Anne Shaw was born in Perryton , Texas on December 13, 1930 to an oil-boomer father, and a mother who was one of the state's first female pilots. Little Shari Anne moved frequently and grew up in rough oil camps. She was her father's hunting companion and a pretty fair tap dancer and ice skater for her mother. After high school Shari attended Kansas State , but later returned home to help with the family business. She worked part-time for the family doctor, and was secretary for her father. The best secretary he ever had, he would often say. Shari met Dick Houghton in Abilene on a blind date they both objected to. It was true love; they were soul mates forever. He was an Air Force pilot always on-call, and she was the ultimate manager. Shari juggled the schedule of her TDY husband, five children, her bridge club, and the duties of an officer's wife and made it look simple. She moved 28 times in 26 years, very often moving every thirteen months, and always had the house set up and ready for entertaining within two days. Shari did everything well; she was the epitome of grace and diplomacy. From the beginning she instilled a strong sense of self and devotion to family and country. She taught her children to "grow where you are planted," and always leave a place better than you found it. She said we should "live fast" because we were moving again soon! Wherever her husband Dick was stationed, that was home, and even when he was on TDY, we were together as a family, taking care of each other. Shari beautifully managed any crisis: The Cuban Missile Crisis, while eight months pregnant, and with two pre-schoolers who let all the air out of her tires, a complete base blackout, and one trapped frightened civilian housekeeper. She managed through children's broken bones, eye surgeries, a ruptured appendix, difficult pregnancies, and heart surgery. She was there through all of them. Shari was a gourmet chef, diplomat, crafter, debutante, counselor, disciplinarian, and single parent. She was strong willed, strong minded, and outspoken, you knew where she stood and she was a true and loyal friend. She was preceeded in death by her beloved husband Dick and leaves five grown children with spouses, Lin Houghton Mueller of Humble, Tx, Chuck and Diane Houghton of Mineola , Rick and Denise Houghton of Round Rock Tx., Dan and Teri Houghton of San Antonio, Tx., Leslie Houghton Cole of Austin Tx. And ten grandchildren: Carlton and John Mueller, Leah Houghton, Lindsay Houghton Simon, Danielle and McKenna Houghton, Blake Cole, Garrett, Walker , and Conner Houghton. Her friends should know that she is happily holding a grand-slam! A memorial service will be held at 3:00p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Northridge Park Baptist Church, 2659 Eisenhauer Road, San Antonio, TX 78209. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fisher House Foundation (BAMC), 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 , Rockville , MD 20850 www.FisherHouse.org

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  1. Your words captured Shari beautifully. Her passion and love for her family was evident by how she lived her life. She will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Sherry

  2. Shari was my champion and I love for being my friend and standing by me thru everything.I will miss her very much as everyone else who knew her will.She is in heaven now playing Brdge with God and telling him what for! My prayers and thoughts go out to every member of her family.

  3. Some of my best memories were made at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. I will never forget the never-ending bucket of homemade cookies, watching The Adventures of Pippy Longstockings (about 100 times), building forts under the dining room table, playing dress up with Danielle, going to Seaworld, “swimming” in the hot tub, playing Farkle until well past bedtime, hearing the best stories, singing Little Bunny Foo Foo, and sitting on Grandpa’s lap while I ate ice cream cones as he tickled me with his whiskers. We were all so fortunate to have two of the most loving people in our lives. Grandma and Grandpa, I love you and I will forever miss you. See you in Heaven.

  4. Sheri & I have been bridge playing friends for years & her husband, Dick, became Wing Commander of the 96th Bomb Wing in Abilene TX after I had retired from that Wing. There are a lot of people that will sorely miss Shari. Harley & Antoinette Ruth

  5. I had the great privilege to live next door to Shari & Dick Houghton in San Antonio. The fun meter was always pegged at their house. I had never met anyone more devoted to Country, Family, and making the most out of life no matter what came down the pike. That spirit lives on in all those they loved.

  6. WE MET DICK AND SHARI IN SAVANNAH GA. WHEN DICK AND I WERE IN B-47’S AND SHARI AND HER CHILDREN WERE SHOWING MY WIFE HOW TO HAVE OUR FIRST CHILD.WE MET AGAIN IN RAPID CITY. WHEN DICK AND I WERE TDY IN B-52’S TO GUAM, SHARI KEPT MY WIFE SPIRITS UP AND HERE GREAT KIDS BABY SAT FOR US. wITH SNOW ABOVE THE CARPORT, SHE KEPT US IN FOOD AND LAUGHS.WHAT A GREAT LADY TO HAVE AS A FRIEND! HOW LUCKY WE WERE TO KNOW THEM.

  7. I knew her briefly as her husband Dick’s physician back in the 1980’s. Condolences to the family! She was a great lady!

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