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Muriel Henry, 100, of Sanford, passed away on January 13, 2022.  She was born on July 8, 1921 to the late George and Jennie (Graham) Crawford.  She was married to Clayton Houghtaling and he predeceased her on July 12, 1980.  She was then married to James Henry who predeceased her on June 8, 2012.


Muriel was a member and treasurer for the Free Methodist Church.  She liked to winter in Florida. Muriel enjoyed puzzles, fishing, travel, and baking cookies and pies for her grandchildren.  She loved the holidays especially with her family. 


We say good-bye to a very special lady with a terrific sense of humor who saw the positive in all situations, cared about others, and considered herself very blessed by God for the life she had. 


The most recent highlights in her life were celebrations for her 100th birthday.  They included both her family and her Free Methodist Church family, where she was a member for 71 years. 


A special thank you to Biann, Deb and many others at Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant who watched over our mother for the past 1 ½ years.


Muriel is survived by her children, Marilyn (Earl Beebe) Rogers, Tom (Judi) Houghtaling, Gary (Sandy) Houghtaling, Peggy Heinz, Sherrie (Bev) Foster, grandchildren, Marla Dalzell, Mark Lavrack, Thomas Houghtaling, Kelli Retzlaff, Josh Houghtaling, Kari Betchik, Robert Kenny, Jade Swarthout, Tammie Rogers, Kirk Rogers and Corey Moe.


Muriel was predeceased by her siblings, Harold, Crawford, Bill Crawford, Floyd Crawford, Helen Zimmer, Lola King and grandchildren Maureen Laverack and Casey Moe.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Free Methodist Church, 5821 Eastman, Midland, with Pastor Gene LeForge officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 10 am until the time of service. 


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Free Methodist Church.

Condolence Messages

  1. Osborne and Slowey families

    16 January 2022 6 days ago

    Thank you for always smiling and being so positive, thanking God for all the little things in life. Thanks also for helping many kids attend Church Camp with your faithful and generous giving. We will miss your delicious pies at Church potlucks and picnics. You will be missed.

  2. Don and Kathy Palmiter

    15 January 2022 6 days ago

    Tom, Judy and family- What a grand lady your dear mom was! She and Jim always asked about our family and supported the boys’ youth/mission trips and endeavors. We felt loved and upheld in prayer by them. So very glad we were a part of the 100th birthday celebration this summer honoring this sweet and classy lady! She’s surely enjoying herself now! May you all be comforted with your great family memories! 🥰

  3. Janice Zimmer Pavka

    14 January 2022 7 days ago

    Had many wonderful times talking and laughing with Aunt Murly. I will miss the visits and time spent.

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