Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Louise

The call came yesterday as I was hitting the post button for the last Blog. I had hit post and felt a wave go over me, a feeling of being lifted and light and then it was gone. Mark's mother, Louise, passed gently. A life well lived she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She taught music in private schools, was the Church choir director and played piano, organ, violin and guitar.
She taught piano lessons in her home until she was 81.
The last several years as she declined and her short term memory began to walk away we learn to deal with the many repeated conversations.   
We missed the person she was lively and dedicated to family and church.
 Louise was also an avid hiker, backpacker, and camper.A person who loved the out doors and was most happy in the woods.
Louise was the family baker her cookies, cakes and sweet breads were all family favorites.
She spent many summers with me canning and helping with the small livestock, both 2 legged and 4.
She was many things to all of us and on her new journey we wish her peace.
We have stories to tell and memories to hand down.
God bless.
Louise -May 1926-Febuaury2012 it was a good life.

15 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

A good long life. Love that photo of her in what looks like a track and field outfit. And who's the babe she's hanging with?

cookingwithgas said...

Hollis- thanks for the chuckle - that would be hugs, hugs Galore...

Lori Buff said...

My deepest sympathy to you and Mark. It sounds like she lived a life that deserves celebration.

Anna M. Branner said...

So glad you have all those great memories....and recipies. :)

Michèle Hastings said...

How wonderful that she lived such a long, rich life and got to hold a great-grand baby!

Tracey Broome said...

Hugs to you and Mark this week, I'm thinking about you
xoxo
guess my blog post was a day too soon, but somehow I felt that more were coming......

Linda Starr said...

I remember how Mark and you talked about Louise when we were there and your love for her and the beauty of her personality came through loud and clear. Sorry for your loss.

Laurie said...

What a beautiful tribute you've written to Louise. It does sound like a life well-lived. Hugs to you and Mark.

Laura Farrow said...

a moving tribute, Meredith. thinking of you.

Patricia Griffin said...

I am sorry for your loss. What a sweet tribute.

angela walford said...

aww bless what a life...yeh thinking of you and mark, big hugs..

JUDI TAVILL said...

oh...she seems like she was lovely. my heart is with you guys.

Kellie Jensen said...

I am sorry for the loss, but am glad for the love, life and time she was able to share with you all.

Shortstuff said...

She was a tough old bird and gave it a good run. I think she's been living on borrowed time for the past 5 years and I'm sure you were all glad to have that extra time with her. Love to you, Mark and the kids. I know they have fond memories of camping adventures with Mark's mom and dad.

Judy Shreve said...

You can really feel the love this woman shared with you and her family. A loving tribute to a woman who sounds like she lived a great full life. I know you will miss her. Thinking of you both.