Louise Tilly Johnson met her Lord on Monday, August 21, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, Friday, August 26th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 11 am. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston
Louise was born September 29, 1932, in Pauls Valley, OK, to Dawes Commission Original Enrollees C.E. Tilly (Choctaw) and Susie Pearl Blevins Tilly (Chickasaw). After graduating from Ada High School in Ada, OK, Louise earned her Registered Nurse certificate from Dallas Methodist Hospital. She met her husband of 58 years while completing her practical training in Galveston, TX, which became her lifelong home. Louise worked in a variety of nursing fields, including traditional hospitals, the public health service and public school nursing. In addition, she was specially certified in the special nursing needs of severely burned children at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Galveston.
Louise had a lifelong love of natural beauty and loved gardening. Her yard was filled with a wide variety of colorful blooming plants as well as edible ones. She was intensely interested in ecology and was the first in her neighborhood to collect air conditioning condensate and rainwater from her home’s gutters for her beloved plants. Louise was a certified Master Composter and volunteered for many years at Moody Gardens despite severe arthritis. Her creative temperament led Louise to study art and to complete many works in a variety of media, although acrylics remained her favorite. She also taught herself to read music and to play the guitar. In the kitchen, Louise was a talented and inventive cook. She was always ready to try new recipes and avidly collected family favorites from her many friends. Each rendition, though, was uniquely Louise’s, stamped with her personal flair.
Louise was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Galveston where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes as well as participated in several Bible Study groups. She also attended Central Methodist Church in her later years, where she loved making new friends.
Louise loved her family and many friends dearly. She was always ready to give everyone she met a smile and a hug. She is sorely missed by her husband, Louie; daughter, Linda (James) Kevra; son, Frank (Emma) Johnson; grandchildren, Julie (Arlie) Hash, Lisa Johnson, and Joshua Kevra; sisters, Tamsy Driskill and Mary (Greg) Hill; 3 nieces and 4 nephews; as well as her many friends.
Pallbearers will be Jim Kevra, Joshua Kevra, Frank Johnson, Tom Hatcher, Gary Hoffman, and Walter Taylor.