Louise Collora Trueblood, 104, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at her home in rural Wellman.
Louise was a Valentine’s Day baby, born February 14, 1918, in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Clarence and Ethel (Taft) Smith. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and attended the Burlington Beauty Academy. Mount Pleasant was Louise’s home for nearly all of her life. In 1945, Louise married Samuel Collora, to this union they were blessed with three children. Samuel died in 1956. Louise married Richard Trueblood in 1975, he died four years later. Louise was an extremely hardworking woman, raising three kids on her own and holding various jobs. She owned and operated Pine Crest Grocery, Gas Station, and Cabins. She was a beautician for the Mental Health Institution, as well as had a salon in her home. She later worked for Emerson Electric, Vega Industries, and Beavers Market. Louise was a member of the JS Sewing Club, Questers, Coatery Book Club, China Painting Club and the Congregational Church of Mount Pleasant. Louise’s family was very important to her and she loved them dearly.
Louise is survived by her children; Karen (Nile) Kennedy of St. George, UT, Evelyn (Allan) Barnes of Mount Pleasant, Sam (Judi) Collora of Mount Pleasant; stepchildren Ronnie (Mila) Trueblood of Mount Pleasant, Donald (Angie) Trueblood of Ladson, SC, Mike (Susan) Trueblood of Oceanside, CA, Deanna (Joe) Smelkal of Omaha, NE; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, a great great grandchild, 8 step grandchildren, many step great grandchildren; brother Wendell T. Smith of Mount Pleasant, and sister Beverly (Allen) Griggs of Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Samuel and Richard; five brothers Edward Smith, Carroll Smith, Walter (Pauline) Smith, Paul (Verna) Smith and Wendell (Margaret) Smith; two sisters Emma Jane (Devon) Hedges and Kathryn (Robert) Hannum and a great grandchild.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Revival Sanctuary (former Congregational Church) in Mount Pleasant. Burial will follow in the Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Louise and her family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com