Great Aunt Lou

Great Aunt Lou


Obituary in the Neodesha Sun


Mrs. Louisa Kirwin died Friday, May 28, 1954 at 12:25 a.m. at the Wilson County Hospital. She had been ill for some time.

Louisa Thornton was born April 21, 1862 in Iowa and was 92 years old at the time of her death. On December 11, 1886 she was married to Charles E. Kirwin. They came to Neodesha in 1911 and made their home at 708 N. 8th street, where Mrs. Kirwin resided until her death. Her husband, C.E. Kirwin preceded her in death in 1939. A sister, Mrs. Mary Clevenger, Lamar, Colo., and a number of nieces and nephews survive.

Mrs. Kirwin was a member of the Presbyterian church and a charter member of the Thursday Afternoon club.

Funeral services were held at the Wm. Fawcett Funeral Home, May 30, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. W.W. Pfautz in charge. Mrs. Franciska Winters, Mrs. George Weems, and Mrs. V.M. Clerkin sang "Lead Kindley Light" and "When It's Goodnight Here It's Morning Up There" accompanied by Mrs. W.W. Pfautz. Casket bearers were John Gill, Arthur Reppert, Louis Cohee, Louis Griffith, Ralph Patterson and Roy Caven. Interment was a Grandview Cemetery, southeast of Neodesha.


21 April 1862-28 May 1954

Obituary in McAllen, Texas newspaper



photos contributed by Bruce Mason, descendant of Doris Vines

My great Aunt Lou was the local school marm in a one room school house in Neodesha Kansas. She and her husband Charles were well traveled and owned  properties or shares in properties from Kansas and Oklahoma to California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Texas in their time. They had no children of their own but were fondly known as Uncle Charlie and Aunt Lou by many. In the above picture, Lou is shown with Doris Vine, a family friend. She wrote the following poem in Doris' honor: