Dana Davis Houghton

October 17, 2022 Kennett Square, PA

Dana Davis Houghton, age 86, of Kennett Square, PA died Monday October 17, 2022, at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square, PA. She was the wife of George Lewis Houghton, her second husband, with whom she shared 30 years of marriage.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Bain-bridge C. and the late Virginia H. Davis.

Dana graduated from Sidwell Friends School, from Earlham College with a BA in Religion, and from the University of Denver with an MA in Library Science.

Dana was a Medical Audio Visual (AV) Librarian for the University of Oklahoma. She was a member of the American Library Association (ALA), a member of Oklahoma City Friends Meeting, and served a term as Clerk of the meeting. She was a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and member of Woodstown Friends Meeting (NJ), and Kendal Monthly Meeting (PA), serving as Kendal Meeting’s representative to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and later serving as a Philadelphia Yearly Meeting elder.

Shortly after her retirement and moving to Mullica Hill, NJ to the home of her husband George, Dana traveled to China with George to give a talk on the Digital Video Disc (DVD) and its uses in medical library science.

With her husband George, she enjoyed large and small family gatherings, traveling, hiking, Scottish Country Dancing, and attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Clearwater Revival (folk festival). She was a member of the Buck Ridge Ski Club, enjoying both cross country and downhill skiing.

She had a lifelong love of colors, shapes, and patterns, ex-pressing itself most in quilting and flower gardening. In her quilting, she looked for inspiration in fall leaves, and had a childhood fascination with clouds, trees, and birds, which she never outgrew.

Books, ideas, and learning new things were important to her throughout her life. Getting out for a walk, in nature and the open sky was very important to her; it recharged her soul. Three important events for Dana were: attending the Grailville in Loveland, Ohio around 1960; living in Kenya, Africa from 1968 to 1970; and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1970 to 1975, where she discovered a love of Southwest culture, art, and nature.

It was the joy and challenge of Dana’s life to be mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include two sons, David C. Testa, and Bainbridge (Bain) D. and his wife Martha Pardo-Testa of Barrington, NH and their three children, Mitchell, Logan, and Sofia; three stepsons, Michael J. and his wife Mary Jane (M.J.) of Lanham-Seabrook MD and their three children, Daniel, Matthew, and Morgyn (formerly Heather); Thomas F. and his wife Sarah Scott of Marlboro, NY and their four children, Marcella, Helen, Georgia and Theodore (Theo); Gary H. and his wife Catherine (Cathy) of Stockton NJ and their eleven children, Eric, Danielle, Christen, Jonathan, Jeriah, Zachary, Hannah, Bethany, Kayleigh, Luke, and Garrett; Eric Bowman (husband of stepdaughter Katherine H. Bowman, deceased) of Hanover PA and their four children, Andrew, Jacob, Patrick, and Brandon; sister-in-law Marj Davis (wife of brother Bainbridge H. Davis, deceased) of Scarborough, ME and their three children, Henry, Kirk, and Shawn; sister-in-law Eleanor H. Hurd and her husband Alfred of Moylan, PA and their three children, Charlie, Mary, and Will; brother-in-law Robert (Bob) W. and his wife Beverly (Bev) Houghton of Hanover, NH and their son Daniel; 25 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Dana was predeceased by her first husband, Richard D. Testa, her second husband, (& the love of her life) George L. Houghton, and stepdaughter Katherine H. Bowman.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

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