Lydia Milojka Houston passed away on May 18, 2020. Lydia and her twin sister Tanja were born in Montenegro, Yugoslavia, along with her two older sisters Olga and Dragica and younger brother Bato, children of Mico and Angelina Petric. The children grew up in the 1930’s and survived World War II.
Lydia, after completing high school, took courses in textile design in Zagreb, Croatia. She married very young and had a daughter, Josephine, in 1955. Some years later, she took her daughter to Canada to join her husband but the marriage did not survive and they separated and divorced. Lydia raised her daughter alone until she met Charles Houston in 1967 and they married in Calgary in 1970.
They lived in Canada for some time before Charles was offered a senior position in Denver, Colorado and they entered the United States and became US citizens in 1987. Lydia played a significant role as the wife of Charles who had a challenging career developing the US operations of an international construction company. She was a very social person and was enthusiastic and supportive in these times, which involved relocating multiple times as new opportunities opened up.
She became an avid tennis player and had numerous other interests from contract bridge to bowling and interior decorating. She was an upbeat person who liked people and enjoyed socializing. During this time, she travelled extensively to Europe and other parts. Her and Charles shared many good times together…she loved life and especially enjoyed cruising together. Charles and Lydia moved to Las Vegas from Newport Beach in 1998 and later she and Charles joined the Spanish Trail Country Club where they have been members for 20 years. Lydia played tennis there for a number of years.
In recent years, she was stricken with Alzheimer’s and after her condition declined, she lived at Legacy House, while there she suffered a massive stroke requiring memory care treatment and passed shortly thereafter.
She is survived by her husband Charles, and daughter Josephine Berlinghof, currently residing in Calgary.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Clinic in Las Vegas.
A private funeral will be held.