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Elnora "Wee Wee" Houchens

July 23, 1930 — December 1, 2020

CARBONDALE – Elnora “Wee Wee” Houchens, 90, of Carbondale passed away on December 1, 2020 at The Landings at Reed Station.

Elnora was born on July 23, 1930 in Shelbyville, KY to Clarence and Alice (Porter) Bowles. She married Clarence “Cotton” Houchens on April 29, 1949 in Shelbyville, KY. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2016.

Survivors include her three daughters, Marsha Long of Apache Junction, AZ, Linda (Gary) Pinkham and Peggy (Jesse) Maggos both of Carbondale; five grandchildren, Justin and Staci Long, David (Amanda) and Chris Pinkham and Elnora “Elly” Maggos; and four great-grandchildren, Damion, Makenna, Warren, and Kymmi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Raymond.

Elnora touched many lives by opening up her home and heart. Her home was host to many events including graduations, parties, reunions, and even a wedding. She volunteered at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and was an avid bowler and dancer in her younger years. Elnora loved her family more than anything and will be missed by all who knew her.

A private memorial service for Elnora will be held at a later date. Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Francis Care Animal Shelter.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements. To share a special story or memory of Elnora, please visit,

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois, and the CNAs and Nurses at The Landings for the love and care given to their Mother.

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