Louise Lina Palmer, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington from Alzheimer’s Dementia.
She was born June 3, 1915 in New Salem, North Dakota, the daughter of Edmund and Anna (Hoesel) Hoger.
Louise grew up and attended school in the New Salem area, completing 8 years without missing a day. She married Arthur Matthiesen in June of 1937. They lived in the Judson/New Salem area until 1954 when they moved to Jamestown, North Dakota. In September of 1966, Louise married Marion Orr. They lived on Mr. Orr’s farm near Ypsilanti, North Dakota until his passing in late 1992. In 1993, Louise moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA to be nearer her children, where she has lived until her passing.
Louise was a born caregiver, beginning as a teenager taking care of her nieces and nephews, then raising and caring for two sons and a daughter. She cared for her husband Arthur’s parents until their death. After the move to Jamestown, she worked at the Ann Carson Home for Crippled Children where she was the Supervisor/Housemother for the very little boys. Louise retired from this position. Then her volunteer activities began. She spent several years at Hi-Acres Manor in Jamestown volunteering to do anything that needed doing. She was loved by everyone and was tireless in her duties. High-Acres Manor always rewarded her for her efforts and in 1991, they were instrumental in her receiving the North Dakota State Volunteer of the Year Award.
The day after her arrival in Sedro-Woolley, she walked into the Skagit Valley Convalescent Center (now Life Care Center) and wanted to sign up to volunteer. She volunteered all day, 5 days a week, until she began having health problems in January of 1999. Unable to live alone any longer, she insisted on living at the Life Care Center. Her volunteering continued. In the spring of 2002, she met Wilber (Polly) Palmer who was a resident there. They were married in August of 2002 and resided at the Care Center until his passing in September of 2003.
Louise enjoyed flower gardens, crocheting, reading, walking and meeting people. Her love of God, church, and humanity were lifelong. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, where she attended church and Bible study until she was no longer able to do so. Special thanks to Pastor Shudde from Trinity Lutheran for continuing to visit and serve communion to Louise after her life in a wheelchair began.
Louise is survived by her three children, Edward Matthiesen and his wife Carolgene of Ypsilanti, ND, Marvin Matthiesen and his wife Sharon of Eatonville, WA and Helen Matthiesen Mossington and her husband Charlie of Sedro-Woolley, WA. Grandsons, Guy Mossington, Michael, Mark, Scott, and Paul Matthiesen, her very special granddaughter, Laura Mossington and 8 great-grandchildren. Her step-children, Paul Orr and his wife Dory, Cliff Orr and his wife Valeria, Floyd Orr and his wife Ellen, Doris Orr, Vonnie Orr Entzminger and her husband Darrel and Fern Jensen, all of North Dakota, and Clifford Palmer and his wife Sue of Sedro-Woolley. Numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Anna Hoger; her husbands Arthur Matthiesen, Marion Orr and Wilber (Polly) Palmer; her brothers, Ed, Carl, Arno, Max, and Oscar Hoger; her sisters, Martha Reuther, Toni Wolf and Tillie Wolf and her grandson, Brian Matthiesen.
Special thanks is extended to very special caregivers, Joyce and Michelle.
At Louise’s request, there will be no services. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
God saw Mom was getting tired,
A cure was not to be,
So, He put his arms around her
And whispered “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer
And saw her fade away.
Although We loved her dearly, we could not make her stay.
Her golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest;
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.