Char­lotte S. Houghton, Sti­eff con­sul­tant

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Char­lotte S. Houghton, a for­mer Sti­eff Co. wed­ding con­sul­tant and long­time Rodgers Forge res­i­dent, died Satur­day of a gas­troin­testi­nal dis­or­der at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Tow­son. She was 91.

The daugh­ter of Wil­liam Franklin Spit­tle and Hazel Shafer Spit­tle, Char­lotte Spit­tle was born and raised in Bal­ti­more.

She was a 1942 grad­u­ate of West­ern High School and at­tended the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity. From 1944 to 1956, she worked for Fidelity De­posit and later Amer­i­can Ex­press.

After her two daugh­ters were grown, Mrs. Houghton re­turned to work in 1972 when she joined the Sti­eff Co. as a wed­ding con­sul­tant. She re­tired in 1984.

She was mar­ried in 1952 to Don­ald E. Houghton, a project plan­ner for Martin Ma­ri­etta Corp’s. Aero­space Divi­sion, and ex­cept for the four years when he was as­signed to the com­pany’s Den­ver fa­cil­ity, the cou­ple lived on Heath­field Road in Rodgers Forge.

“They were the orig­i­nal own­ers of the house that was built by James Keelty,” said a daugh­ter, Sue Hend­ley Houghton of Fred­er­ick.

For a num­ber of years, Mrs. Houghton op­er­ated RSVP, an en­graved invitations busi­ness, out of her home.

She had vol­un­teered with the Girl Scouts and Wel­come Wagon, and was a mem­ber of Zeta Tau Sigma.

Mrs. Houghton was a mem­ber for more than 60 years of Grace United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women.

In 2012, she moved to the Eden­wald Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Tow­son, where she was a mem­ber of the Glee Club and Reader’s Theatre.

While Mrs. Houghton came to the theater late in life, her daugh­ter said, at Eden­wald she was known for her singing abil­ity and por­tray­als of such char­ac­ters as Sec­ond Hand Rose and Dolly Levi. Her hus­band died in 2006. A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at her church, 5407 N. Charles St.

In ad­di­tion to Ms. Houghton, she is sur­vived by an­other daugh­ter, Sally Houghton Hauf of Mays Chapel; and four grand­chil­dren.

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