Shirley E. Houserman-Meschino

Shirley, E. (Brown) Houserman-Meschino

June 13, 1924-January 13, 2021

Shirley Houserman-Meschino, 96 years old, died peacefully at home January 13, 2021, with her family around her.

Shirley was born June 13, 1924, in Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Charles A. Brown and Harriet C. Brown.

Shirley married Keith F. Houserman, her high school sweetheart, on May 18, 1942.Together they raised their six children, providing all with a happy childhood filled with unconditional love.

Shirley was a wonderful homemaker and talented seamstress and designer, making many gowns for her daughters’ proms and even their beautiful wedding gowns. Her talents and interests were not confined to the home, but included anything outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and traveling may have been some of her happiest times.

Shirley and Keith designed and built their first home in Gloversville, NY on South Kingsboro Avenue, where they raised their children. After Keith retired, they moved to Artesia, NM where they again designed and built their second home. From there they would travel back east every summer to be with their family in New York state. Whether she was at her home in Artesia or visiting her family in New York, she would call or write to “keep in touch” with those “left behind.”

After Keith passed in 1988, she continued to travel back “home” to the Gloversville area. It was on one of those trips that her love of dancing was rekindled when she met and later married Carlos Meschino, a wonderful husband and dance partner. Their “dance” continued for nine years until his death in 1999.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include her son, Gary of Artesia, who has been her loving caregiver for the last 10 years; her stepson, Mark Meschino of Arizona; and daughters, Sandra Henze of Northville, NY, Susan Glass of Artesia, NM, Kimberly Kucel of Ruidoso, NM, Lisa Doyal of Carlsbad, NM, and Christina Houserman of Tinnie, NM. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Francis Brown of Northville, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Her warmth and love will be missed by us all.

Burial was at Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, NM and services were provided by Terpening and Son Mortuary on Friday, January 15.