ORANGEBURG -- Deana Gail Houser, 71, of Orangeburg, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019, with her family by her side.

She was the wife of T.N. "Nordie" Houser Jr. Deana was born in Jacksonville, Florida, daughter of the late Jewel Buckner "Jil" Crawford of Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Dukes-Harley Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Peggy Garland officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Deana spent her lifetime devoted to the care and well-being of the elderly as the administrator of Jolley Acres Healthcare Center for over 41 years. She also served as a mentor to numerous individuals, aspiring nurses and certified nursing assistants throughout her tenure at this facility. Due to her leadership, dedication to quality control and attention to detail, Jolley Acres was renowned by many professionals and families in the nursing home industry as the standard of quality care in this region. She took pride in ensuring that the dignity and welfare of every patient was the sole priority of care in her building, leading her staff by example and by doing what was right and fair under every circumstance. Upon retirement, Deana pursued another passion of concern as an advocate for stray and unwanted animals as she became actively involved in the Orangeburg SPCA. She served as a board member and officer of the adoption center for over a decade and, as a "failed" foster for strays many times over, was able to make a significant impact to countless other dogs and cats needing to be rescued. Deana realized her most treasured role when she became "Grannie" to her beloved grandson, Asher, and took great delight in spoiling and loving him as only a grandparent can do. Known affectionately by some as "Chief" and by others as "Lady D," everyone could count on her to tell it like it is, because as she often said, "It is what it is!"

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Survivors include her husband of the home; son James Michael "Jimmy" Houser (Mindy and Taylor) of Orangeburg; daughter Stephanie Houser Eskew (Robbie) of Greenville; grandson James Ashmore "Asher" Eskew of Greenville; brothers James Emmett "Jim" Buckner (Kathy) of Columbia and Jeffry Willis "Jeff" Buckner (Vickie) of Cheraw; a niece and nephews; a loyal and dedicated staff (both current and former) from Jolley Acres Healthcare Center; and friends of the Orangeburg SPCA.

Memorials may be sent to the Orangeburg SPCA online or mailed to: P.O. Box 1584, Orangeburg, SC 29116.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.dukesharleyfuneralhome.com.

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