Louise H. Stressler, 88, Denver

Louise H. Stressler, 88, of Denver, Colorado, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at her granddaughter's home in Alliance surrounded by friends and family.

Louise was born December 12, 1923 in Kadoka, South Dakota to Sherman and Ruth (Matthews) Goodwin. She graduated from high school in Pierre, South Dakota in 1941.

In her life she took pride in working on the family ranch "from sun up until sun down for 50 cents a day." During high school she helped set bowling pins by hand. She and her family moved from South Dakota to Denver, Colorado when she was approximately 19 years old.

On June 14, 1954 she married Robert Stressler in Denver, Colorado and was later blessed with two beautiful daughters. In Denver she worked as a telephone operator and later for the Colorado State Revenue Department where she retired after 40 years of service.

Louise's passions were gardening, her animals, and collecting rocks from where she went including Bad River, South Dakota. She enjoyed shopping at goodwill stores, garage sales and loved volunteering at local clothing banks in Denver. Her greatest joy was her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Debi (Scott) Heidecker of Pine, Colorado, and Sandi Pratt (Mike McCauley) of Alliance. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Robb of Alliance, Joe (Misti) Preston of Morrison, Colorado, Melissa Preston (Brian Lingle) of Littleton, Colorado, D.J. Pratt (Ann Underwood) of Alliance, and Travis Preston of Denver, Colorado; great grandchildren, Xavier, Xander and Xalynn Robb of Alliance, Antonio, Mistique and Jaiden Preston of Morrison, Colorado, and Arianna, Ashlynn and Brody Preston of Littleton, Colorado; brother and sister-in-law, Carl (Connie) Goodwin of Littleton, Colorado; brother-in-law, Steve Guman of Pensacola, Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Osia Elliott, Eva May Guman, Lorraine Caldwell and Vera Reed; her niece Osia Hagert; her nephew Dale Elliott; and her beloved dog Tiny.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, 2409 Box Butte Ave., Alliance, Nebraska, 69301, or Pawsitive Endings Dog Rescue, 1641 Bel Air, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301.

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