Louise Baker Trigg, 88, died Aug. 12, 2013, after a long battle with heart disease.
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She is predeceased by son, Bow Trigg and survived by sister, Bettie Joyce Baker, daughter, Marie Trigg Keller (husband Rick), daughter, Sally Trigg, daughter, Peggy Trigg (partner Mike Ridder), beloved nephew, Peter Haentjens, eight grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Louise spent her childhood on a small farm in Myricks, Mass. Louise moved to Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1941, where she completed high school, attended U of Michigan, and worked in Detroit's war plants as soon as she turned 18.
After the war, Louise went to New York City, where she attended New School of Social Research and worked in a settlement house. In 1949, she visited New Mexico and discovered the landscape she loved and the man she would marry - Henry Trigg.
She moved to New Mexico in 1950 and lived in her beloved state for the rest of her life. First she lived in Cerrillos. She worked the ranch until 1961, when she took a job. In 1964, the family moved to a ranch south of Las Vegas, where Louise worked as a social worker for more than 20 years. Along the way, she earned her BA at Highlands University. In 1994, Louise moved to Albuquerque and then, in 2001, to Questa, where she lived with daughter Sally until late 2012, when her health required that she move to Albuquerque.
Louise was a woman of courage, strength, and humor. More than anything, Louise loved her children and the country of New Mexico.
Louise also loved working cattle from the back of a horse, doing crosswords, reading British mysteries, drinking good bourbon, dancing to big bands, and eating donuts.
Louise's life will be celebrated Sept. 14 at Sally's house in Questa.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bridges Program in Taos (575-758-5074).
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Aug. 28, 2013