Louise Mellette VanPraagh, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She was born May 20, 1925 in Davidson Co, NC to the late Peter and Ruby Fraylick Mellette.
She moved from Gastonia to Agape Assisted Living in Rock Hill two years ago where she adjusted quickly to her new home because of the love and care of the staff and residents. She was known for her warm smile, sense of humor and great hugs. The family greatly appreciates everything the staff did to care for her until her last hour. Until the dementia set in, she was a vital, active, engaged and healthy person. She read 1-3 books a week (no reading glasses) and could argue politics with the best of them. In addition to her children and grandchildren, her other love was her flowers and her yard which was a showplace. Professionally, she was the Executive Director of the Gaston County Cancer Society and worked hard in anti-smoking campaigns, especially in the schools. The past few years, she might not remember from day to day but was always lovable in the moment.
In her younger years, she was a member of Extension Homemaker of NC, catered parties and church and civic dinners. She was a regular chaperone for the Gaston County 4-H'ers during summer camp and a Red Cross coordinator for Mt. Holly for many years.
Louise loved and was loved by everyone she met. And will be remembered by her family and friends with many happy stories and memories.
Louise is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Weikle and husband, Roger of Rock Hill, SC and Janie Cole and husband, Mike of Durham, NC; three granddaughters, Claire Weikle, Amanda Cole and Anna Cole.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1915 S. New Hope Rd, Gastonia.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1915 S. New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054 or Agape Senior Foundation, 1053 Center St, West Columbia, SC 29169.
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com
Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the VanPraagh family.