Louise Stewart Willet, 92, of Black Mountain, peacefully passed Sept. 17, 2018, surrounded by her family.
Louise was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Mitchell County to the late Fred and Annie Stewart.
Our mother gave her all to raising five children. She instilled values of pride, hard work, respect and the love of family, church and music. Our home was open to many family, friends and children through the years. We have many memories of large family gatherings, birthday celebrations and holidays. Our mother was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, self-taught and a progressive thinker.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Roland Willet.
Louise is survived by her children, James Sullins (Cheryl), of Marion, Gloria Hollifield (Milton), of Cary, Van Sullins (Ann), of Black Mountain, Cindy Byrd (Sam), of Black Mountain, and Darlene Schleider (Theo), of Candler; grandchildren, Steven Sullins, Christy Schwartz (Jeremy), Judson Hollifield (Jamie), Kimberly Burpeau (Brian), Peyton and Erin Byrd, Jennifer Edney (Woody) and Tate Schleider (Savannah); great-grandchildren, Reagan and Rachel Reynolds, Stewart and Avery Hollifield, Cevan Bachelor, Bryson Burpeau, Greenwood and Adeline Edney, Adyson and Everett Schleider; loving sister, Ruby Stewart Cairnes; and special niece, Sharon Craig.
A celebration of life service was at noon Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Swannanoa. The family received friends one hour before the service time.
Burial was 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Our family is grateful to the staff and special friends of Mountain Ridge Health Center for their care and friendship to our mother.
Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family.
Mitchell News-Journal • Sept. 26, 2018