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SAMANTHA L. HOU
MORTON - Samantha L. "Sam" Hou, 41, of Morton, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016.
She was born Feb. 1, 1975, in Peoria, Ill., to Stan and Barbara (McMillan) Pope. She married Jim Hou on June 8, 1995 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Surviving are her husband, Jim, of Morton; two sons, Alex and Andrew; her parents, Stan and Barb Pope of Morton; one brother, William (Krista) Pope of Creve Coeur; one sister, Katrina Sotomayor of East Peoria; nieces and nephews, Victor, Tatiana, Stanley, Katherine Sotomayor of East Peoria, and William and Jack Pope of Creve Coeur; and grandmother, Pearl McMillan of East Peoria.
She was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Robert Sotomayor.
Sam served as a Cub Scout Den Leader, where she dedicated her time as an event organizer for day camps, pinewood derbies, and Cub Scout Launch events. She was also a recipient of the Boy Scout District Award of Merit.
She was involved in the Childbirth And Parenting Education Association, Attachment Parenting Group, PAWS and Tazewell County Animal Control animal shelters. She organized the Non Violent Communication Group in Peoria. She created the First Lego League and Pokemon League in Morton.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton. A funeral service will follow at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Jim Isbell officiating.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

Memorials may be made to Morton Community Foundation in memory of Samantha Hou.