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Louise (Edna) Troup

1919 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Louise (Edna) Troup Obituary
(Edna) Louise Troup

Born: November 20, 1919

Died: February 14, 2014

Louise Troup, 94, went Home to be with the Lord on February 14 in the Reformed Presbyterian Home, Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born November 20, 1919 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of the late Rev. William E. and Pearl Troup.

Surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Anita Troup of Concord, N.C., and nearly 60 nephews and nieces.

The 1937 valedictorian of Kenmore High School in Akron, Ohio, she received her B.A. from Wheaton College in 1942. During her college years she and Carol Erickson Smith were involved in early formation of Pioneer Girls, which became a national Christian ministry to girls. During World War II, she and Carol worked as spectroscopists at the U.S. Steel Gary Works, Gary, Ind. Louise then entered the Cadet Nursing program at Western Reserve University, receiving her M.S.N. from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1946.

She taught nursing at Western Reserve for a year, and then went to South Africa in 1947 to establish a nursing education program under The Evangelical Alliance Mission. In 1956 she joined the staff of Pioneer Girls, serving as National Field Director, then as Executive Director. Returning to nursing in 1970, she taught at the West Suburban School of Nursing, "retiring" in 1984. She became a part time nursing instructor at the College of DuPage. Since 2000 she assisted in teaching English as Second Language (ESL), and tutored numerous immigrants preparing for their naturalization exam.

Through the Angel Tree program of Prison Fellowship, Louise became a "pen pal" with "JJ" a prisoner in Texas. Their correspondence led to a two decade association and "JJ" leads a daily Bible study with over 50 fellow prisoners.

After more than five decades in the Chicago area, she moved to Pittsburgh in November 2013, where she completed a lifetime serving Christ in nursing, teaching, management, and friendship evangelism. Her book Glimpses of My Life Journey, ( published in October, ends with these words from Philippians 3:10: "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering."

Memorial service February 17, at 11 a.m. at Simon's Funeral Home, Pittsburgh; March 22 (tentatively) in West Chicago, Ill., time and place to be determined.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 27, 2014
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