Louise Langhorne Easley|
Chesapeake - Louise Langhorne Easley passed away peacefully in her home on July 17, 2014, at the age of 99. She was born in Smithfield, Virginia, on January 9, 1915, the daughter of the late Maurice Finney Langhorne and Kate Vanderslice Langhorne. She was predeceased by her first husband, Rufus Wilson Smith, and by her second husband, Owen Randolph Easley.
She graduated from Smithfield High School in 1931. While in college, she won a scholarship to the Arts Students League in New York City. She spent several years as a painter in New York. Louise later returned to Smithfield where she made her career as a librarian and teacher. She loved books, students and connecting the two together. She was also the unofficial counselor for a great many students who sought her guidance.
She married Owen Easley Jr. in 1961, a reporter for The Virginian Pilot, and moved to Chesapeake where they built their home. The two lived together until Owen's death in 1996. She was an active member of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk for over 50 years, and was a dedicated supporter of social causes designed to bring the blessings of liberty and justice to all. These included: The Tidewater Literacy Council, and the Tidewater Child Care Association.
She is survived by her two children, Langhorne Smith and Eleanor Lindsay(and Eleanor's husband Ronnie Lindsay Jr. and his daughter Ronda Lindsay), her three grandchildren, Quincy Strong, Drew Smith and Ronnie Lindsay III, and her three great grandchildren, William Strong, Christopher Strong and Dylan Smith, all of whom miss her terribly, but will always be inspired by her spirit.
Also to be counted in her legacy are countless birds, squirrels, stray cats, and other bedraggled creatures who found their way to her gentle care . She had a deep compassion for the neediest of God's creatures, some of whom mournfully attended her final days from their feeding trays outside the picture window next to her bed.
Our family would like to express a deep gratitude to the health workers and Chaplain of the Maryview Hospice program for their wise, sensitive counsel, and always compassionate care for Louise. We would have been lost without them.
Louise will be interred next to Owen at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Smithfield in a private family service. There will be a Memorial Service, at the Colonial Funeral Home at 1515 Church Street, Smithfield, presided over by the Rev. Robert Cofield. That service which will begin at 11:00 am on Monday, July 28, 2014, will be followed by a reception also at the funeral home. Louise asks that you please consider, as an option to sending flowers, forwarding a small donation to one of her favorite causes, Heifer International at www.heifer.org to help fight world hunger.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 23, 2014