Louise Redden


Bertie Louise Redden passed away on Saturday, October 15th, 2016. She was born March 9th, 1931 in the small town of Coleman, Texas to Robert Milam and Stella Melissa Dobbs as the first of six children. She graduated from Coleman High School, where she developed an excellence in mathematics that would serve her well throughout her career.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gene, Jimmie, and Jesse Dobbs, and sisters Elsie Randall and Patsy Robbins. She is survived by daughters Vicki Campbell and Donna Womack, and her son and his wife, David and Cathey Barrington, as well as eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Though Louise was brought up in humble beginnings, as she once fondly recollected – her first shoes were stolen from a department store, after all – her life was anything but ordinary. With great wit and a command of fashion no one else in our family inherited, Louise began a twenty-five year career in the banking industry as a temp and worked her way up to trust officer. She explored beautiful portions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and Hawaii, and had four great romances when most are lucky to have but one. Louise had three beautiful children, and she taught them what they would one day teach their own children: the importance of laughter, of storytelling, and of gathering around the table with family at the end of the day to play one last game.

She loved to spend her time with family and friends, listening to oldies and playing cards or domino games, and in her quieter moments, reading mystery novels or the morning paper. She was strong, and she loved to talk and laugh and live. She will be so dearly missed.

The memorial service will be at 2:00pm Saturday, October 22nd, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. There will be a celebration of Louise’s life at Dean Womack’s home for family members after the service.