It is with sadness for our loss, and joy for a homecoming of one of our most exceptional and extraordinary friends, that we gathered on Tuesday August 2nd to celebrate our very own and dear Louise Denbow ~ who passed from this life just one month shy of her 109th birthday!
Know that, in the midst of loss, the family is full of gratitude and joy for a life well lived.
And yes, this picture is just how she looked at 108 years young.
At the age of 6, in 1919, Louise was first drawn in by the music she heard in walking past her local Anglican church, the newly-formed St. Mary, South Hill, Vancouver, and informed her mother that she wanted this to be her church ~ a faith commitment she has always stood by that with great thoughtfulness and loving faithfulness for over 102 years.
Some of her stories from UBC (BA, 1933), teaching school in the 1930s in Vancouver, and from the protective role of being Girls Matron at St. George’s Indian Residential School in Lytton in 1935, are included in a lively conversation and interview between her and Andrew that we posted last summer: https://www.oneopencircle.org/news/a-conversation-with-louise-denbow-108-years-young
Enjoy also this 2-minute local Vancouver Island news media clip of Louise celebrating and reminiscing on her 108th birthday
The family are planning a further celebration for Louise upon return to their year-round home in Southern California - details still to be announced.
At our celebration of her life here in Parksville, we shared in some key stories of her life and secrets of her longevity. We sang together with gusto and offered prayers and intentions, as we honoured her memory and blessed her ashes to their final resting places.