- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 4, 1930
- Place of birth:
Valentine, Nebraska, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 11, 2013
- Place of passing:
Tumwater, Washington, United States
|Inspired by faith; dedicated to love|
Louise Elaine Simmons Wallace, 83, passed away June 11, 2013 in Tumwater, Washington. She died peacefully, with her daughter at her side, of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), a lung disease.
Born January 4, 1930 in Valentine, Nebraska, to John and Josephine Simmons, Louise grew up in a family of 8 children. The Simmons family enjoyed music and dancing; her parents were farmers and her father played fiddle at local barn dances. Every family member played an instrument or sang, often in four-part harmony. When Louise was 13 years old, her family moved to Washington State, where she continued her education, graduating from Everett High School.
Louise met Wayne Wallace, of Snohomish, at a community dance. They fell in love, married in 1950 and started a family. Eventually they settled in Kirkland, Washington, where they lived for more than 2 decades, bringing up their 7 children. Louise dedicated herself to motherhood and became interested in nutrition and organic gardening, pioneering many practices considered mainstream today. As a woman of faith, she cared deeply about people and spreading the good news of the gospel. Louise often said that her greatest accomplishments were being married to her best friend for over 56 years and the “seven wonderful citizens she contributed to society”.
Wayne and Louise retired to the Roslyn, WA area and also had a winter home in Desert Hot Springs, CA. They enjoyed volunteer work, many wonderful friendships and family celebrations, including the arrival of 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Louise is survived by her children, Darrell Wallace (Kristy); Jeanne Wallace; Aleta Paraghamian (Chris); Neva Redmond (Kevin); Joy Moran (Bob); Ann Wallace-Lofton (Matthew); and Dale Wallace (Tami). Her grandchildren are Michael and Hunter Steen; Sarah and Andrew Paraghamian; David, Justin and Robyn Luckenbach; Jeff, Brian, Grace and Carly Workman; Shelby and Paige Lofton; and Erika Wallace. Her great-grandchildren include June Paraghamian, Samantha Luckenbach, Sieryn and Ryeden Luckenbach, and Kyle Harvey, Jr.
A sixth great-grandchild, baby boy Steen, is due in September.
She is also survived by her brother, Harold Simmons, sisters Esther Mattley and Virginia Thompson, as well as many dear nieces and nephews and their families. Louise was predeceased by her husband Wayne in 2007, as well as brothers Clemmond and Butch (Clarence) and sisters Gertrude and Nadine.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 2, 10:00am at the First Baptist Church of Tumwater, and a graveside service on Sunday, August 4, 2:00pm in the Roslyn Cemetery.
405 X St SE Tumwater, WA 98501
Roslyn Cemetery - Memorial Gardens
Donations may be made to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) National Home for Children (vfwnationalhome.org).
"From Lynne Gallaher:
The Nystrom family sends our love to you and your family with the passing of your dear mother. It's really hard to believe for me because she was such a big part of my growing up years and always a kind and giving person to us.... see more at "stories""
"From David Nystrom:
Joy, your mother was such a kind and caring person and I always appreciated her smile. She always made me feel comfortable when I was at your home. God bless you during this time of loss.
June 12 at 11:54pm via facebook"
"From Paul Bergeron: My prayers go out to you and your family. I had a wonderful talk with her about a month ago when she called me because my Dad (Wally) had just passed. She sounded so happy being in her new home. She was a special lady and along with your Dad and the rest of your family meant a lot to the Bergeron family.
June 12 at 6:23pm"
"Louise was always a joy to talk to, a very good attitude. Family reunions are not going to be the same without her. She is missed, look forward to seeing her again. Our condolences to all the cousins and family, our prayers are with you at this time of your loss.
~~Dan & Diana Simmons"
"Louise sat at a table adjacent to ours in the dining room at Olympics West. Each meal she glanced around a building column to give me a greeting smile and word, then she said her personal grace at each meal. Both acts required courage and I shall not forget her. George"
"Louise and Wayne became my surrogate parents in the early eighties.. They were among the dearest people on earth and will be sorely missed. There was a never-to-be-forgotten Christmas in 1982 in Roslyn and many other visits which were always food for the soul .Louise was always humming a tune as she moved about her kitchen. Her gentle spirit dwells with all who knew her. Grant Mishler . ,"
"When I think of Mrs. Wallace, I think of “sunshine”. Her beauty and smile radiated the room. I remember in the summertime walking down the pathway to the house on Finn Hill and seeing her out on a sunny day sitting under the shade of a tree at peace in the “sunshine”. She is a lady that I truly respect and the memory of her will forever bless my life."
"Some of my fondest memories with Granny were during our "kid's nights," where Granny, Carly, Erika and I would make and eat dinner together and then play games like marbles and Mexican train dominoes. I love to remember Granny's puzzled face as she wisely chose her next move. I love you Granny."
"Louise was always smiling and had a little sparkle in her eye. She was always a joy to be around. The Lord and his love shone through her. Our love and prayers to Joy and the whole family. Steve & Peggy"
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