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 Louise Marie <I>Dopita</I> Stoddard

Louise Marie Dopita Stoddard

Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA
Death 9 Dec 2012 (aged 77)
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 101992192 · View Source
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Louise Marie Stoddard, 77, died at peace from natural causes, surrounded by her husband and the family she loved, on December 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am in Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Louise was born July 12th, 1935 to Frank and Margaret Dopita in Rapid City, SD. Her family then moved to Plainville, KS, at 4 years old. In 1942, she moved to Portland, OR, attending Saint Mary's Catholic Academy until 10th grade and Park Rose High School, where she graduated in 1953.

In Portland she met her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Billy Stoddard. During his time in the army they began their written courtship, ending in a proposal by mail. Louise's adventure began on a first-class trip on the USS America across the Atlantic and only ended this week. They were married in Bar Le Duc, France on December 19th, 1953. They continued living in France where they had their first daughter, Deborah, in Verdun in 1955. In 1956, the three returned to Portland, OR, where her second daughter, Pamila, was born in 1957. They lived there until 1959 when her husband began college in Klamath Falls, OR.

With her husband's degree in hand, she and the family moved to Las Vegas, NV, living there from 1959 to 1966, then to Albany, OR, in early 1966, and finally moving to Idaho Falls, ID, on December 26, 1966 where she had her third child and first son, William, in 1971. She lived in Idaho Falls for the remainder of her life.

Louise was a member of the Catholic Church, attending the Holy Rosary and Christ the King Catholic Churches in Idaho Falls. She enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing, and tending her garden.

Survivors include:
Husband, Billy Stoddard;
Daughter: Deborah;
Daughter: Pamila;
Son: William;
Nine grandchildren, Jenny, Matt, Jonnie, Ian, Sean, Wyatt, Megan, Kendra, and Titus;
One great-grandson Rugar;
with another great-grandchild on the way;
and her beloved dog Billy.

She loved them all and lived proud of the family she created.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Frank Jr., Peggy, and Patrick.

There will be a gathering of family and friends Wednesday, December 12th, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Wood Funeral Home (963 South Ammon.)

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  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101992192
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louise Marie Dopita Stoddard (12 Jul 1935–9 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101992192, ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.