Patricia Marty Houghton

Patricia Marty Houghton died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her country place near Spring Hill, Kansas where she spent so many happy years.

Poet, painter, horsewoman and peace activist, Patricia was born in Paris to American parents.  She was raised in England and Kansas City where she was a 4th generation Kansas Citian.  She attended the Barstow School, Sunset Hill and graduated from St. Katherine’s School for girls in Davenport, Iowa.  Patricia majored in art at Radford Junior College and attended the Texas College of Mines, West Texas State and the Kansas City Art Institute.

She married three times and had three children; Sallie Houghton Capen, David Easton Houghton and Frances Elizabeth Denney.  The only one of her children to survive her is Sallie Capen. Patricia also leaves her sister Jacqueline Marty Key, three grandchildren, Elizabeth Dutzy, Tyler Beals Houghton and Ian Easton Houghton, and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

A former fox hunter, she belonged to the Mission Valley Hunt and the Leavenworth Hunt.  Patricia was a volunteer art teacher at the Kansas State Prison for fifteen years.  She cared for foster children in Johnson County for several years, teaching the children to ride and to enjoy and appreciate nature. Concerned about pollution and overpopulation, she tried to live lightly on the planet and encouraged others to do the same.

Patricia wrote this obituary, herself, leaving only the date of death to be added.

To all friends, family and fans of my mother Patricia Marty Houghton, I extend an invitation to come to the “Party” mother preplanned at her dear friend Herb Siegel’s farm. If possible please join us at 3:00 pm on Saturday April 26th at:

First Star Farm 17885 Mission Road Overland Park/Stillwell, Kansas 66085

To celebrate and remember.

Thank you, Sallie


  1. Rick on July 25, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    A exceptionally bright, remarkable woman that I think of often still.

  2. Bil on October 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I will always remember you. Thanks for all the loving kindness you shared so freely. Your memory is indeed a blessing.

  3. Ian H. on April 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you all for the kind words and fond memories of my grandmother. She was a truly unique individual and shared a perspective of this world that was so different and uplifting; I hope her passionate spirit continues to fill the hearts of everyone.

    The one thing she always reminded us was that when she does leave this world, she does not want a sad mourning, but an uplifting celebration of the life of our friend, mom and grandmother. I hope to meet as many of you as possible at her “Party” so that we may share stories and give me the opportunity to meet the special people she shared her remarkable life with.

  4. Herbert Siegel on April 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Patricia was my longtime dear friend – Mother Earth- I was delighted with her stories about the hunt activities and trained vigorously until I could participate also- she gave me the idea of living above the stable and coincidently we acquired land from the same seller alto different properties- I would jokingly tell her I don’t have a nickel to rub a nickel and all your fault – I will treasure her memory – I am a better person for having met Patricia

  5. jeff and julie kearns on April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

    jeff and i met Patricia in the very late 80″s. her horse was running free so we caught her and kept her in with ours …not knowing that Patricia was lying in a nearby field with a fractured hip. Sally came to gather the horse and an ambulance came to gather Patricia and later we met and shared many rides in her woods. she was very generous with her trails and pond…allowing our boys to camp and fish there as long as they took care of the land. she was a great lover of all nature and animals…except the beaver in her pond. we will never forget her.

  6. Jessica on April 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I was one of the nurses that took care of her the last 5 years at the doctor’s office. She was a very lovely lady with much to teach to everyone. My Condolences to her family and will be praying for all.

  7. Jane Gardner Hall on April 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Last Saturday I lost a friend. She was the first friend I met, when I moved to rural Spring Hill 33 years ago. She just came riding down my drive on her mare one day shortly after I moved in, introduced herself and invited me to come explore her trails in the woods on horseback. This was the beginning of many adventures to come with her and the horses in the following years. Soon I discovered that her daughter Sally and I attended the same high school [And I thought at the time Patricia was only a few years my senior!] Patricia and I quit riding about the same time some time back, but we both hung on to our precious steeds until their time came. And we had drifted apart most recently, but could still pick up the phone and talk like we saw each other yesterday. She left an indelible mark on my life. I will miss that beautiful smile that made her entire face light up. God speed Patricia – I hope you’re on the hunt right now.

  8. James & Carol Holtgraves on April 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Patricia was a wonderful woman

    Carol & Jim

  9. Jo Capen on April 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Dearest Sallie and all,
    Thinking about you.
    I will remember Patricia fondly,

  10. Scott Francis on April 20, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Dear Sallie and Family, your mother was a good friend of mine and my mother, Mary Harris Francis, and I have fond memories of those times, now forty years ago when we often visited Pat at the country place. Pat shared many hours with me when I was nineteen with trail rides through the woods and fields of Spring Hill, and made a difference in my life, which was a typical “teenage” time of transition. We shared a love of horses and nature, and I always appreciated Pat’s views of the world. She was ahead of her time with the great sensitivity she brought to the environment and the lives of animals. I am sorry that I have lost contact with Pat in the last couple of decades; my mother passed away in 2005, but please know she will remain in my memory as a fine lady of intelligence, culture and strong spirit. With sincerity, Scott Francis

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