LOUISE ELLA GERRODETTE February 22, 1935 - February 13, 2013 Louise Ella Gerrodette passed from this world to be with Jesus on Wednesday evening , Feb 13, 2013 at Saint Elizabeth Hospital from injuries sustained in a kitchen fire at her home. Born Feb 22nd, 1935 in Corvallis Oregon to parents Guy and Martha Morrow, she would have celebrated her 78th birthday this week. A lifelong Catholic, she was a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff beginning in 1974. For the past fifteen years she lived at the Villa Columba on Main Street , where she developed many friendships. She enjoyed volunteering with St. Elizabeth's Auxiliary and was recognized for more than 5200 hours of service. For decades, a sanctuary close to her heart was Lassen National Park, where she hiked and snow-shoed as often as she was able. She took pride in being a political activist, often visible representing her views. For several years she was a staple presence driving her classic blue 1968 VW Beetle. Her family enjoyed her visits to see her granddaughters and family in Ohio, Washington, and Hawaii. A natural artist, she received a four year scholarship to Portland's Museum School of Art and became a talented oil painter. After that she experienced many adventures, among them hitchhiking and travelling Europe on her own. She met her husband in Seattle in 1961, had two children, and prioritized her time as a homemaker while nurturing creativity, education, and an appreciation for nature. She applied herself to be educated in Geriatrics, working as a home-health aid for at least 10 years. She is preceded in death by her husband William Gerrodette (1976), sister Edna Mary Morrow , and granddaughter Kimberly Alynn. She is survived by her brother Joseph Morrow, son Peter Gerrodette, daughter Anna (and Richard) Honda, and grandchildren Kristin and Michelle Sliger and Natalie and Brennan Gerrodette. Everyone is welcome to her service, a Catholic Mass by Father Joyle Martinez at Sacred Heart Church, Main Street Red Bluff at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Feb 23. A reception at 2:30 will follow at Villa Columba (across the street) with light refreshments in the Community room at Villa Columba. Flowers can be sent to Villa Columba, 460 Main Street Red Bluff, 96080. In Lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent to Catholic Women's Guild (Beverly- 530 384-2684) or St Elizabeth Volunteer Auxiliary (Eileen- 530-529-8037).

Published in Daily News on Feb. 21, 2013