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Louise Danae Dale


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Louise Danae Dale Obituary
February 25, 1932 - September 20, 2016 Louise Danae Dale, born in Miami, Florida, moved a great deal in her childhood with her mother Josephine, father Tillis, sister Dorothy, and later with her stepfather and new siblings Vivian and Johnny Hipsley. Indeed there were times in her childhood where Louise had some short and some longer stays in places and with people she barely knew. However, she always felt stronger and safer because she had her younger sister Dorothy by her side to be her anchor. Louise always believed that her mother would rescue her, and reported that she always did. Louise often expressed how much she loved her mother. After her early teens, Louise chose to stay firmly planted in Los Angeles, where she went to high school, junior college, university, law school and (in-between) married her high school sweetheart James Dale. Louise ultimately graduated as one of the first classes of women lawyers from UCLA, and was on Law Review. The year she was admitted to the California bar she was one of only 17 female lawyers granted that honor -- the most in California history at the time. Jim and Louise were married for 32 years and practiced law together as partners "Dale and Dale -- Attorneys at Law" for many years. While the marriage and the partnership ultimately dissolved, Louise always loved Jim and was grateful for the two daughters they raised together, Carolynne Dawne and Cathrynne Deanne Dale. Louise lived for over fifty years in the first house she ever owned, and where her children were born. Louise loved life. She loved her daughters and granddaughter Amber. She loved her friends, family, employees and the waitstaff and regulars at the Good Earth restaurant. Louise loved a good debate, and was sometimes known to switch sides just in order to have one. She loved colors - particularly turquoise, purple and orange - especially all together. Louise was not a slave to fashion but was always fashionable. As well as serving as the President of the Century City Bar Association in the late 70's - early 80's, Louise was elected best dressed lawyer in Century City. She took a sabbatical from law in roughly 1990 to write and travel, enjoy her life, and spend time with her daughters. The sabbatical was extended indefinitely, much to the enjoyment and benefit of her daughters and granddaughter. Prior to 2016, Louise never stepped foot in a hospital except to give birth and visit loved ones. She was never sick -- she simply didn't believe in it -- and hadn't seen a doctor in 40 years. In 2016 she was diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis, and vigorously yet gracefully fought it for four months. The entire time, no matter what she was going through, she spoke always with and of love, declared that she was blessed, and thanked and utterly charmed everyone who took care of her or visited her. She spoke with love for and of all of her friends and family members. She did not speak of forgiveness because she was clear that in her mind there was nothing for her to forgive. Louise wished to return to her beautiful home before she passed, and she did. She passed at her home in the company of her daughters, and son-in-law. She will be greatly missed. A private memorial service will be held by Louise's family on Sunday, October 2.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2016
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