Louise Patterson passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, from complications of cancer, which she had fought valiantly for a number of years.
Louise (Weesee) Patterson was born Edna Louise Broadie to Ada and Ernest Broadie on April 16, 1927, in her Grandma Barker's home near Gannett, Idaho. She was the oldest of three children—Louise, Betty and their younger brother, Jerry. She grew up and attended school in Gannett, later graduating from Hailey High School, class of 1945. She married Grant Alma Patterson from Carey Idaho, recently back from the India-Burma theater of World War II where he was in a B-24 squadron. They settled in Hailey for a lifetime of enjoying the Wood River Valley and raised two sons, James and Neil.
Louise enjoyed working as a telephone operator for many years in Hailey and later in Sun Valley. She enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow operators, and the job allowed her to be connected to the world at large. She was quick to develop a friendship and cultivated many into lifelong friends.
Louise was a product of both the depression and World War II years and was very conservative in her approach to life; she and her husband both cultivated and enjoyed simple pleasures and loved to camp and fish in the mountains of Idaho. Her mother had been a phenomenal cook and that talent was passed on to Louise—she dearly loved to throw a "feed" for family and friends and her canned goods such as sweet pickles and strawberry jam were special gifts coveted by all who were familiar with them.
Louise was a fierce devotee to family and the love of both close and extended family. To say that she would "give the shirt off her back" if it would assist a family member is an understatement. She was literally tireless in her service to family and loved ones.
Louise was devoted to her faith in the LDS church and served in many capacities; her most beloved involvement was always in the service of youth, as she dearly loved them.
Louise was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Grant; and her dear sister, Betty Watson, as well as her brother-in-law, Rex Watson. She is survived by her sons, James (Wanda) and Neil; her grandchildren, Georgia, Grant, Michelle, Travis, Katrina, Logan and Colin; great-grandchildren, Hope, Landen and Hailey; as well as a large extended family of nephews, nieces and cousins.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, as she was a shining star in the journey that is life.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at Hailey LDS Chapel. Friends may visit at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel, and friends are invited to leave condolences and share memories at www.woodriverchapel.com.