History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Holly  Houston

    Holly Houston, Owner/Funeral Director

    Holly grew up in Prineville, OR, after graduating from high school she moved to the Portland area while she attended mortuary school at Mt. Hood Community College, graduating with a degree in Applied Science/Funeral Service Education in 2003. Holly has been a part of the funeral industry in many areas of the state for over 15 years now. Working in the Willamette Valley area, on the Southern Oregon Coast and in Central Oregon. She relocated to St. Helens in July of 2014 after being offered a position at Columbia Funeral Home. After managing the funeral home and cemetery for six years Holly became the Owner. She is a very active member and past president of Columbia County Rotary Club and serves as a Board Member for the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. During her spare time, she enjoys working outside in her yard, being with friends and family enjoying the outdoors and watching her favorite football teams. Holly enjoys serving her families during one of the hardest times of their lives and she takes great pride in her effort to do so.

  • Carynn Cozad

    Carynn Cozad, Funeral Director

    Carynn Cozad is a Funeral Director at Columbia Funeral Home. She moved to Oregon September 2016, from Spokane, Washington to pursue her degree in Funeral Services at Mt Hood Community College. She is looking forward to learning and growing in the industry, while helping the community through some of the hardest times in their life. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her three cats.

  • Trinyty Howard

    Trinyty Howard, Funeral Director

    Trinyty Howard is an apprentice at Columbia Funeral Home. She has lived in St. Helens for over ten years and looks forward to helping those in her community through one of the toughest times in their lives. Growing up, Trinyty was active in sports and was on the Sea Lions swim team for seven years. She was home-schooled and took the opportunity to join an early college program during high school. After graduating from high school, she also completed an Associates of General Studies Degree at Portland Community College. From there, she attended Mt. Hood Community College to complete a degree in Funeral Service Studies. In her free time, Trinyty likes to go to thrift stores, read books, and spend time with her family and beloved boxer dog.

  • Emma Takaha

    Emma Takaha, Apprentice

    Emma Takaha relocated to St. Helens to join the Columbia Funeral Home team as their apprentice. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been an Oregonian since 2015. In 2020, she moved from Southern Oregon to the Portland area to acquire her degree in Funeral Service Education at Mount Hood Community College. She hopes to be a source of care and support for her newfound community as she pursues her passion of helping people navigate grief and loss. For her own self-care, Emma enjoys reveling in Mother Nature, keeping in touch with her loved ones, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. She is looking forward to this new chapter of her life where she can be of service to others.

  • Russ Crawford

    Russ Crawford, Sexton of Columbia Memorial Gardens