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Maud Ruth Houck
Birth: Jan. 16, 1899
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 5, 1901
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Maudie was the blonde-haired blue-eyed daughter of Nina Virginia Nelson and Kelley Houck (Houk). She was a pretty child and the darling of her family.

When they discovered that she suffered from the same disease that had taken her brother Eugene, they were devastated. At the turn of the century, the only option they had to help their little girl was to remove her eyes in a vain attempt to keep the retinoblastoma from spreading to her brain. Unfortunately, the surgery was not successful.


Maudie was laid to rest in the churchyard beside her brothers Eugene and Oscar.

Her little sister Mabel was born 7 months after her death. Fourteen years later, her brother Jerome named his own daughter Virginia Ruth after Maudie and her mother.

"There are moments that the words don't reach
There is suffering too terrible to name.
You hold your child as tight as you can,
and push away the unimaginable."
(From Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Kelley Houk (1855 - 1950)
  Nina Virginia Nelson Houck (1862 - 1944)
 
 Siblings:
  Oscar Nelson Houck (1878 - 1898)*
  Anna Salvadora Houck (1880 - 1880)*
  Bessie Mae Houck Daves (1882 - 1928)*
  Edward Jerome Houck (1884 - 1964)*
  Walter Eugene Houck (1888 - 1891)*
  Emma Grace Houck Hoyle (1892 - 1978)*
  Elmer Lee Houck (1892 - 1979)*
  Nell Elizabeth Houck Setzer (1894 - 1986)*
  William Dewey Houck (1896 - 1965)*
  Maud Ruth Houck (1899 - 1901)
  Mabel Virginia Houck Deal (1901 - 2000)*
  Iris Katherine Houck Drumm (1904 - 1974)*
  Eddie Lois Houck Depew (1907 - 1999)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Armantia
Record added: Sep 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5058452
Maud Ruth Houck
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Maud Ruth Houck
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- Lori Haus
 Added: Oct. 25, 2016

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 Added: Jan. 16, 2016

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