STERLING—Elizabeth "Liz" Houzenga, 42, of Sterling, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, after a brief illness.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 2, at the Upper York Cemetery in Argo Fay. Pastor Ken Zuithoff will officiate. Memorials may be made to Exceptional Care and Training Center in Liz's memory.

Liz was born July 31, 1978, the daughter of Van and Leigh Ann (Stocks) Houzenga. She spent time at Walter Lawson's Children's Home from 1985 until 2003, when she moved to Exceptional Care in Sterling.

From a young age Liz had a love for music. She found great enjoyment playing tambourine, either by herself or along to some of her favorite music. She enjoyed all types of music, but especially enjoyed music by the Beach Boys in her adult years.

Liz spent most of her life with her sister Susan by her side. They roomed together and shared a lot of common activities. She will be sorely missed by the residents and staff at Exceptional Care.

Liz will be dearly missed by her parents, Van and Leigh Ann Houzenga; three siblings, Olivia (Michael) Pelham of Clinton, Iowa, Nicholas Houzenga of Clinton, Iowa, and Susan Houzenga of Sterling; four nieces and nephews, Jack and Charlie Pelham and Lucas and Jill Houzenga; and her grandmother, Lorraine Houzenga of Fulton.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Stocks; her grandfathers, James Houzenga and Frederick Stocks; and her niece, Lauren Elizabeth Pelham.