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Helen "Louise" Baxter

November 29, 1922 - January 29, 2013

SALEM - Louise Baxter age 90 passed away on January 29, 2013 following an eight month fight with cancer. She grew up in Portland on Mount Tabor, graduated from Willamette University with a degree in sociology.

Louise Cutler married Ted Baxter In 1949 and raised four daughters together until 1997 when he passed away. She worked at Oregon State Hospital from 1962-1985 as a psychiatric social worker impacting many patients lives with her unconditional kindness and advocacy. She also was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her determination in life was admired by her daughters, Carol Hoeflein, Barbara Wilcut, Amy Smith and Carey Zeeb. She had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who were very dear to her heart. She lived in Salem for 52 years, moving to Capital Manor in 1999. She enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening, Bible studies, encouraging others and writing; compiling her life story from childhood living in Portland, the fun childhood memories growing up with her five siblings, fun trips and vacations as a child. It is a very special book that will be reproduced soon for the family. She was preceded in death by husband Ted, daughter Amy Smith, son-in-law Larry Smith, brother Robert Cutler, sisters Mary Jane Achor and Barbara Clark. She is survived by her oldest sibling Dorothy Cutler and all her adoring "offspring" as she so fondly called us. Mom was a faithful member of Bethany Baptist Church for many years then a founding member of New Life Community Church. Visitation will be 9:00-12:00 noon, Friday, February 22 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, February 23, at 2:00pm, Capital Manor Auditorium with interment at Willamette National Cemetery.

We know that our mother and grandmother is dwelling with our Lord and has joined her family members she so dearly loved. We will all miss her love, guidance, kindness and fighting spirit.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013
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