Obituary: Louisa C. Stavert May 29, 1923 – Oct. 7, 201

LOUISA C. STAVERT May 29, 1923 Oct. 7, 2015

Louisa C. Stavert, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in White Rock, NM on October 7, 2015 while surrounded by her family.

Louisa was born in Ogden, Utah on May 29, 1923 to immigrant parents from Amsterdam, Holland. They later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada (a small town at that time with a population of 2,000) where Louisa spent her early years. She told the family many stories of living in a wood-sided tent and sharing a bed with her two sisters. She went to high school at Las Vegas High where she excelled in sports and was especially proud of her basketball trophies.

Upon graduation, as WWII gripped the country, she started working in a munitions factory in Henderson, NV. One of her many social activities was to attend dances at the USO where she met her future husband Daniel (Dan) Stavert, an air corpsmen stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. They were married on March 15, 1946.

After the war, they moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California where Dan worked on the hydroelectric power generation projects of the Southern California Edison Co. Louisa and Dan started to raise a family with the birth of Carolyn in 1949 and Douglas in 1951. She and Carolyn moved from California to White Rock in 1993 to be closer to Douglas and his children. They had many wonderful family gatherings, especially Christmas, in that home until her death.

Louisa was an active member of the White Rock Senior Center. She was a weekly participant in the Hookers and Stitchers where she made many friends over the years. She knitted numerous baby blankets that she donated to the hospital gift shop. She never missed the birthday pot-lucks and always contributed her fabulous dirt cake that garnered rave reviews. In her later years, she attended Cardiac Rehab at LAMC and made many friends of the wonderful nurses and staff to whom her family wishes to express our thanks.

Louisa is survived by her brother, Albert (Marilyn) Schouten of Las Vegas, Nevada, and her two children Carolyn Stavert and Doug (Ann) Stavert who live in White Rock and grandchildren Katie Stavert and Casey (Laurie) Stavert and many nieces and nephews.

She lived a long and wonderful life full of family and friends. She will be greatly missed but will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Hannah Fellers of Los Alamos Medical Center for her exceptional care during Louisa’s last days. We would also like to thank Deena Streit from Los Alamos Visiting Nurses for her care and assistance of Louisa at home. Those of her friends and family who wish to contribute in Louisa’s memory may send donations to Los Alamos Visiting Nurses or Wounded Warriors Project.