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Louise Harkins

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Anniston - Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Harkins, 88, of Anniston, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with the Reverend Richard Donohoe, the Reverend Bryan Lowe and Deacon Mike Cova officiating. Music will be provided by Mary Jones and Kathy Chandler. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Louise passed away on November 24, 2013 after an extended illness. Louise was born to the late Joseph and Briget Gillespie Walker in Birmingham on March 25, 1925. Following the untimely passing of her mother, she was raised by the Sisters of Charity at St. Thomas on the Hill in Birmingham. She graduated in 1943 from Bishop Toolen High School in Mobile and married Leonard Elmore Harkins on June 20, 1947. Together, they settled in Anniston and raised four children, James, Mary, Tommy and Anita in a small house on Bacon Avenue. Louise cared for Leonard tirelessly throughout their lives, helping to rehabilitate him from injuries received in a car accident in 1958, and becoming his primary caregiver after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Together, they exemplified a humility, tolerance, and generosity of spirit to which their family members aspire. Louise was a longtime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and a devout Catholic whose faith sustained her throughout the many trials she encountered in life. She devoted countless years of service to the Center of Concern. Among her family, Louise will be remembered not only as a kindhearted and giving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, but also as a master puzzle-solver who was always ready to whip up a Halloween costume or long-desired stuffed animal. Her kitchen produced such wonders as date nut roll, cowboy cookies, caramel cake, and, most coveted of all, peanut butter fudge. In her later years an unabashed love of hard candy and her dog, Mousse, brought her great joy while the well-worn pages of her prayer book brought her solace. Louise is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; son, Tommy; and son-in-law, Scott Stewart. Survivors include her three children, James Harkins, Mary Harkins Banks and her husband, Richard, and Anita Harkins Stewart, all of whom currently reside in Calhoun County; seven grandchildren, Bridget Banks Lowrey and her husband, Jack, John Banks and his wife, Tara, Steve Harkins, Cindy Harkins, Monica Harkins Freeman and her husband, Brian, Jessica Stewart, and Katherine Stewart; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Richard Banks, Jack Lowrey, Thomas Lowrey, Steve McClellan, Andrew Head and Michael Tinney. A special thank you to Tina Smith, "Miss Louise's" caregiver for the past year; and to the staff of Amedysis Hospice. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern, 1029 W. 15th Street, Anniston, AL 36201. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
Published in The Anniston Star on Nov. 26, 2013
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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