Louise Millward passed peacefully in her sleep on Thursday morning, February 27th, 2020.
When my sister Martha was going through some of my mother's things, choosing pictures and such, she came across a speech that she, Martha that is, had given at Stake Sunday School.It was entitled: " Nebuchadnezzar In The Fiery Furnace" Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the boys. My mother had written the speech with backseat instructions by my father Clay. Martha was seven at the time. She was likely wearing a beautiful dress that Louise had sown like she handmade many garments through the years, from Halloween costumes, prom dresses to striking Coats of Many Colors that she did actually sew with tiny pieces of cloth for my brother George and I when we were just sprouts.That is a snapshot of the kind of mother that Louise was. She attended every game and event that she could, supported every achievement and award that her children and grandchildren garnered and loved unconditionally. Mom was lucky # 7 out of 12 children born into the Tripp clan.At one point 8 of them lived in a one bedroom house , hard by the tracks, in Arimo, Idaho. Imagine. I can't. Louise married my father , Clay, in the late 40's and after a tumultuous car trip from Eugene, Oregon ,settled in Salt Lake City, a small home with, low and behold ,a pool in the back yard. Our young hearts were broken when it was filled in almost immediately. The house was located on Louise avenue. Yup. Mom lived in that house for over fifty years , working side by side with my father in the family bookkeeping business. Grueling hours, I never remember hearing a word of complaint. Louise, like many women , and men for that matter, of her era ,was an extremely hard worker. After her devastating stroke,which she, by all rights should not have recovered from, her main complaint was not being able to go to work or to cook meals for her family. Louise was lucky enough to be able to travel in her later years which she loved. I think that, at least for me, I am just beginning to understand just how much I will miss my mother. A special thank you to George's wife Jamie whose love and care for Louise extended far beyond any reasonable call of duty. Louise loved well and was well loved in return.
Louise is survived by two sons Samuel and George (Jamie); daughter, Martha; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers Reid, Vern and Barry; and sister, Colleen.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, 1520 S 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.
Thanks to everyone for your heart felt condolences. The phone calls and texts really mean a lot. I would personally like to take a moment to thank my sister who has worn every hat imaginable since, and for years before, my mother's stroke. She took on the unenviable tasks that accompany a loved one being incapacitated. The mountain of forms to receive the proper Medicare and Medicaid benefits , coordinating doctors visits, shopping for my mother and countless other tasks that made my mother's last years as comfortable as possible. Martha stepped up to the plate from day one and really has been a hero in this journey and continues to be the driving force in the practical and emotional journey that remains. Thank You Martha.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Louise's honor to K9s For Warriors by clicking the donate button above.