Louise, the oldest of twins, was born in Big Springs, Texas, to William Howard and Maude Della Ellis Stanger. Surviving are two daughters, Thelma Lucile Diller Teer, and Gladys Louise Bowman Sexton and one son Kenneth Frank Diller, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, eight great- great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son James (Jimmy) Howard Diller, a daughter Judy Ann Diller Autrey, one grandchild and three husbands, Frank Monroe Diller, Lawrence Roy Bowman and Luke L. Livecy. Also preceding her was her twin sister, Frances Lucile Thistle and two younger sisters, Hazel Simms and Billie Gillian.
She lived in numerous locations in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and a short time in Alaska with a majority of the time in Eunice and Hobbs. Louise grew up in a nomadic family life style primarily in Texas and New Mexico. Her father was a very handy individual and did a lot of different jobs, necessitating numerous family moves. Most of her youth was spent at the family homestead near Corona, N.M., and at and near the Carlsbad Caverns before the Caverns became a national park. Being the entrepreneurial spirit, she was, she cooked pies and cakes to sell to people touring the Caverns. It has been said, once she decided to do something, it was just a matter of time that challenge was accomplished. As well as being a wife and loving mother, her job descriptions included bookkeeper, real estate sales, retail sales, pastry baker and home keeper.
Louise was a religious individual and for several years was an active member of Fellowship of Believers church. Being a very social person, she was active in a multitude of organizations throughout her life, Eastern Stars, Rebecca’s, Masonic Widows, Grandmother’s, Oil Wives, Canasta, Hobbs Seniors, China Painting, Garden, and Great Expectations Stock Club, to list a few.
Louise indulged in several hobbies. Among them were needle point, oil painting, quilting, crocheting, china painting, canning, gardening, and growing roses, with playing cards her favorite. She was accused of being a cutthroat, very skilled card player by a few of her opponents. If there is a card game in heaven she most definitely is holding a hand. Listening to live music was near the top of her list. Trips to the casinos were not uncommon where she played the penny slots with excellent results. For several years, she successfully entered items in the Lea County Fair and won numerous ribbons.
I was lucky enough to get to visit Cousin Louise a couple of years ago, She shared stories of growing up with my grandfather, her 1st cousin, and some of their antics when young. What she was able to remember, and share, of the Hodge and Ellis family will be treasured. She was a wonderful woman with a sharp mind and a great sense of humor. Our condolences on her passing.
DeAnne Cope-PowellKetchikan, AK
So happy we got to know Louise. Praying for you all!! Love you so much Aunt Gladys.
Walter and Sandy
Walter and Sandy NelsonFort Collins, CO
Sorry for the loss of your dear Mother, Louise. Louise was a very special person and neighbor. Our children grew up together in 1950's in Eunice, NM. we have managed to stay in touch through these many years of Louise's wonderful life. Sending prayers and love to each of you.
The Family of Joe and Nema Hall
The Family of Joe HallMidland, VT