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Louise Rabner Waid
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1918
Rutland County
Vermont, USA
Death: May 24, 2011, USA

Louise Rabner Waid February 8, 1918 May 24, 2011 Louise Waid was born to Rita and Louis Rabner in Danby, Vermont on February 8, 1918. She grew up in this small Vermont town and attended high school at Burr and Burton Seminary in Rutland.

Louise attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1939 with a teaching degree in physical education. During her college years Louise was the water front counselor at a summer camp in Vermont. Louise loved her birth state of Vermont, returning often to visit with friends.

She was a member of the Katherine Chapter of Eastern Star in Danby until her death. Louise taught high school in Potsdam, New York for two years. She then drove her Ford convertible to Denver to begin a new chapter of her life.

In Denver she met and married Lee Marshall Waid. They promptly moved to Alabama where her older daughter, Kathryn, was born. Three years later her second daughter, Jean, was born in New Hampshire.

In 1957 the family moved to Grand Junction where Louise resided until her death on May 24, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee; her parents and sister, Natalie.

Louise was active in Newcomers Club and the Toastmistress Club in Grand Junction while her daughters were growing up. She renewed her teaching certificate in 1969 and began a 14 year career teaching fourth grade at Lincoln OM Elementary. She will always be remembered for organizing a camping trip to Mesa Verde each spring for all the fourth graders.

After Lee died Louise became more involved in outdoor activities again. Those who knew her in the 70's would often spot her driving around town in her green Mustang with a red canoe on the top. She was one of the founding members of the Outing Club and organized many camping and hiking trips all over Colorado and Utah. In addition to canoeing and hiking, Louise loved to backpack, bike and cross country ski.

She retired from teaching in 1983 to take her first European trip hiking through the Italian Dolomites. Louise also line danced and was active in the Senior Theater for several years. Since her retirement Louise took 55 Elderhostel trips to such locations as Churchill, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Austria, France, the Galapagos Islands, China and Machu Pichu. She spent her 70th birthday biking in New Zealand with her daughter, Jean.

Nominated by friends, Louise carried the Olympic torch in Grand Junction as it traveled to Salt Lake City in 2002. This was one of the highlights of her life, which she remembered and talked about right up to the end of her life.

Louise was a volunteer at the Colorado Visitor's Center, the Museum of Western Colorado and organized taffy pulls at Cross Orchards Living History Farm during the holidays.

Louise is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Lewis Greenlee and Jean Waid and Jerry Fuxa; two granddaughters, Natalie (Mike) and Lynne (Brian); and five great-grandchildren, Nick, Olivia, Neil, Ellie and Liam. Her sixth great-grandchild, Ramsey Waid, is expected at any time. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose and Harold Cooper, of Brookfield, Ohio and her niece and nephews, Carley, John, and Don.

A memorial service will be held as soon as Ramsey and his family are able to travel to Grand Junction. We will celebrate her love of life and the grace, enthusiasm and humor which Louise brought to her life and those around her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Colorado National Monument Association at Colorado National Monument, Fruita, Colorado 81521. Donations will be used toward education of young people about the Monument.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 1, 2011 
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  Lee Marshall Waid (1919 - 1970)
Orchard Mesa Cemetery
Grand Junction
Mesa County
Colorado, USA
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Record added: Jun 13, 2011
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May you rest in peace.
- Barb
 Added: Jun. 13, 2011

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