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Life Story / Obituary
Louise Farley was a gracious and kindhearted woman who lived each day she was given to the fullest. She may have been tiny, but her heart was as big as they come. Louise found her greatest delight in her family, and she was filled with unspeakable joy to become a grandmother to two amazing grandchildren. With her genuine and inviting demeanor, she made friends wherever she went, and a friend of hers was a friend for life. Although she will be deeply missed, Louise leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that her loved ones will forever cherish.
During the first half of the 1940s the eyes of the nation were focused overseas as WWII covered much of Europe. Countless young American servicemen and women were called to serve, and those who remained stateside became familiar with rationing on common goods and manufacturing that was focused on supporting the war effort. It was in the midst of this eventful time that Kenneth and Jeanette (Fisher) Bierer were pleased to announce the birth of the baby girl they named Louise Mae on October 26, 1943. Born in Warren, Ohio, she was the only child in her family. For the most part Louise experienced an upbringing that was fairly typical for the youth of her generation.
New and exciting changes were in store for Louise when she met David Farley, a coworker at Warren Glass Company in Warren, Ohio. After remaining friends for several years, the two began to date. It wasn’t long before the couple found themselves deeply in love and inseparable, whether they were shopping for groceries or getting gas. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Louise and David were married in September of 1981, in Fayettville, Georgia. David had two children, Lynn and Tim, from a previous marriage, and Louise loved them as her own. They also cared for Louise’s mother, which made them one big, happy family. Because David worked in sales covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, they eventually moved to Texas. By this time their kids were grown and had families of their own. This meant that Louise and David had granddaughters who came down to stay with them for the summer. Of course they loved spoiling the girls! Every wall in Louise and David’s home had pictures of their granddaughters, and it was easy to see that they were so proud of them. They were also blessed that Tim and Lynn lived nearby, which meant that they were able to see each other often. When Lynn and the girls moved to Michigan, Louise and David loved driving up to surprise the girls.
Throughout her life Louise was a woman of many interests. When David worked at Dollywood, she loved joining him there. They made friends wherever they went, and Dollywood was no exception as she loved being with his coworkers. Louise suffered an aneurism and a stroke in 2003, which left her with limited use on her left side. She was so thankful that David was able to care for her entirely on his own in their home. Louise frequently sat in her wheelchair at the bakery in Dollywood, making new friends with people who came in. In 2012 she was deeply saddened with David’s death, but she moved to Michigan to be closer to Lynn. As her family and friends can attest, she never could get enough of her favorite peach wine.
All who knew Louise Farley would agree that she was one of the sweetest people around. A bundle of energy, she had a zest for life that was contagious, and she was the sort of person who never met a stranger. Louise had a rather dry sense of humor and never shied away from speaking her mind, which meant that you always knew where you stood with her as well. Nicknamed “Weegie,” Louise was warm, outgoing, and never met a stranger. She will be forever missed.
Louise “Weegie” Farley, age 72, most recently of Grand Rapids MI and Sevierville TN, passed away on September 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, David L Farley. Louise is survived by her children, Lynn (George) Denzinger and Tim (Jeanette) Farley; and granddaughters, Caitlin and Carmen Denzinger whom she loved dearly.
She was known and loved as “Grandma” to many and will be greatly missed. There were no strangers in her life, only friends yet to be discovered. Whether sitting in the Dollywood bakery or around a fire ring, Weegie loved everyone as her own family. Many will remember her for her dry whit and others for her love of the Apple Barns’s apple peach wine. Most will remember her for making her way in to their hearts. God bless all those who loved her, cared for her, and put up with her shenanigans. A special thank you to everyone at the Christian Rest Home and Faith Hospice for loving her and keeping her comfortable through the final stages of her life.
Contributions her memory may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to read her life story, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook.