Mrs. Willie Louise Gothard, age 83, of Kalamazoo, MI went home to be with the Lord on August 11, 2016. Louise, as she was affectionately known by all, was born March 21, 1933 in Hamilton, MS, the daughter of the late Jimmie and Corinne Harris. She was the owner and operator of Louise's Beauty Salon. She opened the salon in 1965, and celebrated it's 50th anniversary in September of 2015. Louise is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, William Gothard; her daughters, Teresa Nelson of Lansing, MI; Christine (Irvin) Beverly of Kalamazoo, MI; Sandra (Cleveland) Moore of Lansing; sons, Ozell (Michelle) Gothard of Waterford, MI and Craig Gothard of Grand Rapids; 20 foster children including Ms. Gwen Lanier; 12 grandchildren; 6 sisters; 1 brother; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A public viewing is being held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016; with a 12 Noon Funeral Service at (CLC) Stones Church, 1225 W. Paterson Street in Kalamazoo. Interment following services will be held at Prospect Hills Cemetery in Paw, Paw, MI. Arrangements by the: Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 521 Douglas Avenue, 342-1000.