FLORIDA/SPRUCE PINE - Dr. Gloria Houston, known internationally as an educator and an author of multi-award winning best sellers for young readers as well as textbooks, died peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Monday, March 21, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Apollo Beach, Florida. She was 75. Dr. Houston wrote over 10 books that were published in numerous languages. Her books have won and been listed on more than forty awards and awards lists. Over the years, she taught at the University of South Florida and Western Carolina University and was lovingly referred to as “Ms.