Born and raised in the Hessville neighborhood of Hammond, Leana Rose Housty was a fifth-generation descendent of Hessville founder Joseph Hess Sr., her son Mark Housty said.
Housty, 83, was always helping someone.
“She helped at every church function, school function or whatever activity us kids or my dad were into,” Mark Housty said. “She also had a very sarcastic humor about her, not mean or anything. It was honest and to the point.”
A member of Hammond’s Covenant Presbyterian Church, Housty was passionate about her faith and her photography.
“She went to church every Sunday and to meetings during the week,” Mark Housty said. “Her favorite book was Psalms.”
Housty and her late husband, Julius, shared a passion for photography, taking pictures throughout the country on road trips. They were excellent photographers who shared many awards and belonged to the 3H and Image Makers Camera Clubs.
The couple met dancing at a club in North Hammond.
“My dad stopped her at the door and wouldn’t let her pass without a phone number in his hand,” Mark Housty said.
A Morton Senior High School graduate, Housty worked for the AAA Motor Club until she married Julius and became a full-time wife and homemaker.
“My fondest memory is that she was always nice to everyone and had no prejudices against anyone,” Mark Housty said. “When I was little, she would put me to sleep by rubbing my back in a clockwise circle and pat me three times and start the cycle over and over again till I was asleep.”
Housty was a great dancer, especially the jitterbug with Julius.
“Us kids loved watching them especially at weddings and sometimes in the living room,” he said.
Mark Housty misses his mom’s cute humor the most.
“She always had something to say during every conversation,” he said. “Anyone could learn a lot by her reactions.”