Mary Lou (Broughton) Houghton, 92, of Lynn, passed away on Wednesday morning at the Harriet and Ralph Kaplan Estates in Peabody following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late George N. Houghton. Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. Broughton, Sr, and Mary M (Letteney) Broughton. She was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1946. She has lived in Lynn for the past 71 years. Prior to starting her family, Lou was employed briefly at New England Telephone Company in Salem in the revenue department. Upon the birth of her first child, she dedicated her life to her family and always made sure that the home was in order and filled with love and laughter. When she was not doing housework, she enjoyed reading. Upon the retirement of her husband, she wintered at Sugar Creek in Bradenton, Florida for over 30 years. Lou is survived by her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Paul Houghton of Lynn, George and Debra Houghton of Ft. Myers, FL and Thomas and Johan Houghton of Gray, ME, her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and David Aylward of Lincoln, NH and by her beloved 8 grandchildren, Andrew, James, Nicholas, Christopher, Justine, and Mary Houghton and by Terry and Steven Aylward, and by her 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Charles E Broughton, Jr. Due to the concerns of Covid-19, the family have chosen a private funeral service and burial for family only. Expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to Greater Lynn Senior Services, 8 Silsbee St, Lynn, MA 01901, the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/MANH, or Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.