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Louise passed away peacefully on June 27, 2009.

She was one of 12 children born to John Doucette and Josephine Davieau. She was born on April 6, 1917 near Belle Praire, MN.

After spending her childhood working on the farm and attending elementary school, she was married to Walter Valley on September 7, 1937.

They worked on shared crop farms in the Belle Prairie area while raising two boys: Wayne Valley who predeceased her on May 24, 2007 in Winters CA, and Lionel Valley, who has resided in Chico since 1981.

Due to her asthma problems, they picked up everything and moved to Sonoma County, CA in 1953 to live in a drier climate. There they lived and worked on the Mangels Ranch in Sonoma County, and then another portion of the same ranch in Solano County.

Her husband, Walter passed away in August 1982 at the age of 67.

A few years later she left the Ranch and moved to apartments in Fairfield, CA.

On March 28, 2003, she married James Oeswein. They continued to live in Fairfield until 2007 when she had to move to an assisted living facility in Vacaville, CA. Jim now lives near his daughter in Tennessee.

In November 2008, Lionel was able to move her to Chico, CA.

Louise was noted for her hospitality and homemade cooking from garden grown vegetables, etc. in her prime. French crepes and homemade ice cream were just a couple of her renowned items.

Louise is survived by her son, Lionel Valley and his wife, Ellie Bradbury plus her daughter and son, as well as Wayne's wife, Kathy Valley; her sister, Marcella Barton; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield, CA.

A graveside funeral service is scheduled on July 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rockville Cemetery.

Donations to your favorite charity are preferred.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 1, 2009
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