STRAUSE, CHARLOTTE RAY MOTHERHEAD, 78, of Louisville passed away Monday, January 4, 2010 at the Episcopal Church Home, with her children by her side.
She was the daughter of Roy and Nellie Mae (Scott) Motherhead. She grew up in Okolona and as an adult moved to the East End of Louisville.
She was fondly known as "Toodie" by her family and friends growing up in Okolona. Her father owned the popular Motherhead's Ice Cream Factory, where she spent the majority of her time helping in the factory. One of Charlotte's more unusual "Claims to Fame" was when her father created a new ice cream flavor and decided to name the flavor Tutti Frutti after his daughter. The flavor won several national awards and later became so popular even the artist Little Richard used the name in his song lyrics.
Charlotte was a 1953 graduate of University of Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She was a teacher at Southern High School for 15 years where she taught music and English. She was the conductor of the Southern High School Orchestra and conductor of their traveling Male Chorus as well. She was an active member of Broadway Baptist Church for 36 years where she was in charge of her Sunday School's weekly music and various additional music programs for the church. Music was her passion and she especially enjoyed sharing it with her close friends and family at Broadway Baptist.
She was a 50-year member of Delta Omicron Music Fraternity and a member of the MacDowell Music Club. Charlotte also taught piano privately for 35 years and was a member of the Woman's Club of Louisville.
She is survived by her three sons, Randy Strause (Rene'), Todd Strause (Michel) and Torey Strause (Sarah) and by her only daughter, Janey Strause McKenna (Peter), all of Louisville; and 12 grandchildren, Randy, Austin and Cameron Strause, Taylor, Loghean and Baylee Strause, Cody Humston-Strause, Cole and Caroline Strause, Sydney, Kelly McKenna and Megan McKenna Volkening.
Charlotte will be dearly missed by all who came to know her but especially by her family. Her family takes comfort in knowing she is finally at peace in heaven with her heavenly father. Our guess is that she is already behind the piano in heaven accompanying God's Choir of Angels.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Pearsons Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Episcopal Church Home, in which the family would like to extend their eternal thanks for all of the loving care bestowed on their Mom.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2010