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Mary Louise "Lou" Bishoff


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Mary Louise "Lou" Bishoff Obituary

Mary Louise "Lou" Bishoff left us far too early and earned her angel wings Home on July 14, 2016, at 7:55 p.m., in Tacoma, Wash. Her daughter, Shelly Kelly, and Shelly's son, Deven Peterson, were by her side as she flashed that brilliant, broad smile one last time.

Lou was born on April 27, 1940, in Austin, Texas to Bernard Peter and Eula Mae Martine. The youngest of five children, she is survived by her sister, Ruth Bedgood and her brother, BP Martine, both of the Austin, Texas area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Joseph "Jodi" Bishoff, parents, brother, Floyd Martine, and sister, Agnes Dahlstrom.

Lou is also survived by her daughter, Gina Neale and her husband, Joe; her daughter Michele Stephenson and her husband, Brad; her daughter, Rene (Nune) Bishoff; her daughter, Mona Bishoff; her son, Bernie Bishoff and his wife Lisa; her son, Benny Bishoff and his wife Lori; her daughter, Shelly Kelly and her husband, Brian; her daughter Rhonda Bishoff Smith and her husband, Kenny. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Upon graduation from high school, Lou attended college for several semesters of college with the dreams of attaining a nursing degree. On Oct. 24, 1959, Lou married Jodi, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and they promptly moved to the booming metropolis of Alamogordo, N.M.!! There they raised eight children and numerous foster children. Lou and Jodi relocated to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1978. In July 2015, Lou moved to Lakewood, Wash., to live with her daughter, Shelly. "Mom", "Grandma", "GG", knew no stranger and took in all strays! Her front door was as wide open as her heart and she will surely be remembered for many years to come for her kindness and generosity.

After all of her children were off to school, Lou found spare time on her hands. She began working in the circulation department of The Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Bringing with her all of the organizational skills and experience from the home, she quickly moved into management. She thoroughly enjoyed her position there, as well as all of her staff and co-workers, for several years. Known for her exquisite sewing, Lou did a wide range of sewing out of her home. There wasn't anything she couldn't sew; ranging from reupholstery to prom and wedding dresses to winter coats. Lou was a fabulous cook and took great pleasure in always providing a feast for any occasion that might arise.

It was Lou's wish that a "rosary and BBQ for my family and friends" be held in her memory. There will be a gathering on the 20th of August, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m, at the home of Brad and Michele in Las Vegas, Nev., and another one on the 23rd, from 3:00 p.m., onwards, at the home of a family friend, also in Las Vegas. At some time in the near future, Lou's ashes will be taken home to Austin, Texas, and spread over her brother's ranch so that all of her family and friends may have the opportunity to visit her ever-loving and beautiful soul.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16, 2016
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