Feb. 13, 1915 – Nov. 9, 2011
Louise Welling McArthur, 96, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. She was born Feb. 13, 1915, in Cowley. She was born to Alice Lyman Welling, who was 35 years old, and Wilford Woodruff Welling, 38. Louise was the seventh of 14 children. She was educated in Cowley schools.
Louise was married in 1935 to Robert Andrew Crow. They moved to Deaver in 1936. She later married Willie Hyman Edgar in 1950, and after his death, was married to Kenneth Grant McArthur in 1985. They resided in Meeteetse for 13 years, and after his death, she moved back to Deaver to live the rest of her life. Her husbands were oil field workers who took her into Canada and the western states.
She loved living; the changing of the seasons gave her much happiness. The rain, wind, and sun challenged her to do better. She loved flowers of all colors, and she especially loved bold ones. Louise loved gardening; she found joy in watching tender plants, peppers, cabbage and tomatoes struggle in the south window to grow. She looked forward to fall when she could pick vegetables and flowers to share with neighbors and friends. She loved to sew and make things to wear. Her home was made pleasant with the rugs and things she could make. Embroidery she did, pictures of flowers and wild life. She loved her home, a place of refuge where she could incorporate color and her originality. She enjoyed solitude. When her husband was away at work she hoed, mowed and raked as if she could make heaven on earth.
Louise loved the teachings of the church. She knew the gospel to be true. Many were her experiences to prove the efficacy of prayer. She thought the gift of the Holy Ghost, the greatest gift that could be given to mankind, a personage of spirit who could guide, direct aright, reward for obedience, bring forgotten things to remembrance, find things, protect from danger, reward for obedience and to punish for disobedience. Louise wasn’t always obedient.
All in all she had a happy life. She liked her neighbors and loved her husbands three, because they were what they were. She had friends and they were wonderful.
She was rewarded to have Kenneth Grant McArthur take her to Meeteetse to live for 13 years. He protected her, encouraged her and understood her peculiar personality. He served her in every way a man could serve a woman.
Louise died with love for her family and friends. She looked with mixed feelings toward meeting those who had gone ahead, for she of all people knew she could have done more in this life to receive the reward she might get in heaven.
She served as a Relief Society president in Deaver and Meeteetse. She also drove the school bus for 22 years, 18 of those years in Deaver, four in Big Piney.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov.14 at 2 p.m. at the LDS Church in Cowley. Viewing and visitation were held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was in the Deaver-Frannie Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.