Ann Sheppard Housen

LA MARQUE, TX – Ann Sheppard Housen, 90, of Dickinson, TX departed this earthly life on June 1, 2024, in La Marque, TX.  She was born on March 12, 1934 in Aberdeen, MS to the late John Downs Sheppard and Durline Meek Sheppard.

Mrs. Housen lived most of her life in Meridian, MS where she raised her children but moved to Dickinson to be near her mother in 1986.  In 1988, she and Frank were married.  They enjoyed going antiquing, to the horse races at Sam Houston Race Park and going to the Coushatta Casino in Louisianna.  She enjoyed baking, shopping, going to the nail salon, crafting, gardening and decorating her beautiful home.  She always had a cake made to share with anyone who came to visit.  She was a beautiful southern lady with the accent to match.  She loved all of the people in her life and will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Housen was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Frank Housen, Jr.; son Michael Irby and daughters, Patricia Irby and Marianne Irby; sisters Nell Shelby and Wilma Rankin; brothers Jimmy Sheppard and Thomas “Bubba” Sheppard.

Left to cherish her memories are her niece Julie Sheppard Pittman (Ryan) of Santa Fe, TX, niece Samantha Sheppard Strange (Travis) of Salem, Missouri, and nephew Douglas Sheppard (Kristie) of Hitchcock, TX.  Forever friends Allan and Becky Knape, Ann Murski, Sean and Kelly Karl and Kathy Cohlmia.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bayou Pines Care Center and Resolutions Hospice for her care.

Per her wishes, there will not be any services.



  1. So many memories! Your humor and generosity. Remember I had to sneak your Ham Rolls away from the guests at the parties. Everyone wanted them, but you sent them “only to me”. I will remember how often we shook our heads over Frank’s stubbornness. Remember when he was on the roof at age 90? I will remember your warm welcomes when visiting your home. Every birthday and Christmas. Most if all, your charm and gracefulness..Yes, Ann, you are a true Southern Bell..

    Ann Murski
  2. Ann and Frank were friends of my mother, and soon became a special part of my life. Ann was like a second mother to me, very loving and kind. She was there for me through the ups and downs of life, and always had an encouraging word and a smile for me. I will always remember her kindness and her wit and those wonderful homemade Southern meals.She would bless me with when I would visit. She will be loved and missed greatly.

    Sean Karl
  3. I first met Ms Ann when my boyfriend, now husband Sean Karl brought me over to meet her and Frank about 4 years ago. I quickly understood how important Sean was to both of them and knew I better make a good impression to pass the worthy of “her boy” merit. It wasn’t hard at all to love Ms Ann and her sly sassy side comments. She was a true southern bell making sure she always had a sweet sent sprayed on nails hair done and on good days her favorite lipstick! I don’t beleive I will ever meet a true southern lady as Ms Ann was and I’m sure grateful I got to. She loved listening to Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Anna Bell Lee and a good old school Amazing Grace hymn. She was so truly loved and will be so missed until the day we get to see her again!

    Kelly Karl
  4. Ann..May you rest in peace My friend. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. She was a Wonderful woman and I will miss our talks on the phone. God bless.

    Candice Kane
    Blue Room

  5. Ann and Frank became our special friends. Ann and Mike moved across the street from Allan and I and that was when a true friendship became. Allan and I took good care of them, cooking on weekends, driving them to doctor’s visits and just getting them out of the house for awhile.
    I visited my BFF every week she was in the nursing home. Ann was a true friend of mine and I will miss her so much. I am so glad that she is at pease now and seeing her family again. May GOD blessed her family too.

    Becky Knape
  6. Aunt Ann always had a beautiful home with lots of knick knacks. I remember our family going to her house in Meridian, MS when I was little. The whole ride there, my dad and mom would tell us (my brothers and I) not to touch anything and to sit on the couch and not get up. We were told not to ask for anything because that might entail us getting up accidentally knocking over something. I told her this years later and she was mad at my dad for about a minute and then we laughed. I loved her laugh and will miss it so much. We had lots of laughs over the years with her and Uncle Frank. I know they are all having a great time and I can’t wait to see them again one day.

    Julie Pittman
  7. Most of us customers at The Blue Room didn’t know Ann personally, but we sure knew was a gracious lady. She always sent cheer to our parties. She never attended but listened with interest to Frank’s stories about us. She indirectly knew our names and which of us were “good”, “better” and “best”! (Frank is Laughing) Thank you Ann Housen for remembering us at all the events. Although distant, we felt a connection with you..and we will always remember your kindness.

    Customers From The Blue Room

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