Louise Fern Sheets was born May 18, 1918, in Keystone, Nebr., to Bert and Lena (Cash) Holmes and went to meet her Lord and Savior July 29, 2012, at the age of 94. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Arnold with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Arnold Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Arnold Cemetery Association and the United Methodist Womenâ€™s Society.
Louise lived in Oklahoma from the age of 2 to 9-years-old and then the family returned to Nebraska where she has resided most of her life. Louise lived in the Brewster-Gandy area and graduated from the Dunning High School with the class of 1936.
In November 1936, Louise married Harold E. Sheets. They made their home in the Dunning-Brewster-Arnold areas from 1936 to 1955. Born to this union were four children; Roland, Dwight, Shirla and Marilyn. In July 1955, the family moved to Idaho for four years and in 1958, the family moved back to Nebraska. They resided at the home place six miles south of Arnold. The family milked 25 to 60 head of cows and farmed. In 1970, after Harold had his heart attack, they sold out and moved to town. Louise started running the Sale Barn CafĂ© and for the next five years Louise was well known for her homemade cooking and her pies, especially her lemon meringue and custard.
Louise was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 52 years and a member of the United Methodist Church for 54 years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Womenâ€™s Society, the We Want You Club and the Tuesday Bible Study Class.
Louise was a family oriented person who was always there for her children and grandchildren. They would always call so she would have their favorite pie or chicken and noodles ready for them.
Louise is survived by three of her children, Roland and Maxine Sheets, Dwight and Brenda Sheets and Marilyn Rowswell; grandchildren, Bob and Monte Sheets, Cindy Preston, Lori Samples, Brian Yarrington and Cristy Andre; great-grandchildren, Zack and Nicki Sheets, Kayla Pelton, Sheila Preston, Samantha, Blake, Dani, Courtney, Shianne, Lauren and Ethan Yarrington, Trenton and Devon Andre, and Chris Samples; great-great-grandson, Oliver Pelton; sister, Edith Jensen and brother Vern Holmes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; daughter, Shirla; grandson, Randy Pinkston; son-in-law, Edward Rowswell; brothers, Tom and Jerry Holmes; and sisters, Ruth Hakanson and Peggy Smith. Louise leaves many nieces and nephews with many loving memories to mourn her passing.
Louise will always be loved and will remain in the heart of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all that knew her as the very special person she was.
Arnold Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 2, 2012