Sarah Houpe

Sarah Houpe

Sarah Jean Trent Houpe, 95 of 151 Camden Causeway, Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Albemarle Hospital.  A native of Iaeger, WV, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Trent and Sarah Cline Trent and the widow of E. V Houpe.  She was the former owner of Three Way Grocery and retired as a cottage parent from the West Carolina Center and was a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra H. Ward of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Michael Houpe, Indian Land, SC; grandchildren Michael T. Ward and wife Ann, Becky Ward Pittman and husband Bruce, Jamie McDaniel Ward and wife Brandee, Michael Houpe, Jr., and wife Robin, Jason Houpe and wife Rebecca; great grandchildren, Avi Houpe, Aaran Houpe, Pierce Houpe, Mac Ward, Baker Ward, Phillip Pittman, Elizabeth Pittman, Bruce Pittman, Sarah Kelly and Savannah Ward.  She was pre-deceased by nine siblings, Nona Alma Trent, Donald Everett Trent, Maxine Trent, Madeline Barbara Trent, Raymond Harvey Trent, James Tasker Trent, Jo Ann Elizabeth Trent, and Faye Trent.

A graveside funeral service will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Neill Shaw officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to North Morganton UMC    or Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fund for Christ, PO Box 2818, Elizabeth City, NC  27906-2818.  Sossoman Funeral Home, 1011 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC will be handling the funeral.  Twiford’s Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street is assisting the family.You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. Anita Whitehurst

    Sandra, I extend to you my heartfelt condolences in the passing your Mom. I pray God will be extra close to you now and in the days ahead.

  2. Sharon Hunt

    Sandy, I am so very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Your mother raised a kind, loving daughter and anyone who saw you together could see the love you shared. You should take solace in the fact that your love for her was so evident and that you provided excellent care for her when she needed same. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

  3. James &Ellen Key

    Sandra I am sorry to hear of Mrs Jean’s passing. She was a very special person. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was a big help to some of the ladies while she was at Carolina Living. She is with God now. RIP

  4. Jennifer James

    Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a GREAT woman with lots of spirit. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sally Morris

    Sandy and Family,
    Mrs. Jean was a very special lady. She
    loved her family and enjoyed talking
    about them. She was an inspiration to
    all who knew her. May God’s love comfort
    you in the days ahead.
    Sally Morris

  6. Jesse Barbour, Jr.

    I am very sorry to learn of Mrs. Houpe’s passing. I remember so many years ago when she and Mr. Houpe built the Three Way Grocery at the intersection of US 64 and Henredon Road just outside of Morganton, which was just down the hill from my parent’s home.

    I moved away from Morganton 53 years ago and have lost track of the Houpe family, so I am grateful that I happened to see the notice in the News Herald online edition.

    Again, my deepest condolences.

    Jesse Barbour, Jr.
    Matthews, NC

  7. Penny Leary-Smith

    Sandra and Family,

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Enjoyed getting to know her while she and my mother shared their stay at Carolina Living. Very sweet lady.

  8. Vickie & Roger Williams

    To the family of Ms. Jean, Our prayers and thoughts are with you as your lives go on without your mother, grandmother, and friend. Our mother/mother-in-law Kathleen Williams, was in Carolina Living the same time Ms. Jean was there and I remember how sweet she was and so pleasant. I enjoy hearing about her family. She was a precious lady,

    Blessings to you all, The Williams

  9. Dianne Barber


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