Louisa S. Stripling

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Louisa S. Stripling, 86, passed away on June 6, 2005, in a Midland hospital, after a short illness.

Louisa Fowler Shankland Stripling was born on May 27, 1919, the fifth child of Fowler and Isabel Davenport Shankland, and was reared in Los Angeles and Hancock Park, California. She attended the Marlborough School, Bennett Junior College, and UCLA, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

She married Robert J. Zonne and moved to Midland, Texas, in 1948. There were two children born of the union, Robert J. Zonne, Jr. and William K. Zonne. Bob Jr. graduated from West Point and served two tours in Viet Nam, where he was killed in action in 1971. Louisa married Robert E. Stripling, Jr. in 1976. He preceded her in death in 1991.

Louisa was a member of the Junior League of Midland, the Junior Women's Wednesday Club, and served on many committees of various charitable organizations throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed painting and playing bridge with her many friends. For many years she and her husband "Strip" spent their summers in Solana Beach, California.

She is survived by her step-daughter, Essie (Bunny) Stripling Burnworth, her daughter-in-law, Jan Zonne, two grandchildren, Melissa Zonne and Robby Zonne, two step-grandsons, Gregory Burnworth and Jonathan Burnworth, a step-great-grandson, Finian Skye Burnworth, a son, William K. Zonne, a brother, Sid Shankland and his wife Marita, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, two brothers, her husband, and her son.

Louisa was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Midland, 1402 W. Illinois, where a memorial service was held at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 8, 2005. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials be made to Recording Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 2012 W. Cuthbert, Midland, Texas, 79701, Hospice of Midland, Inc., 911 W. Texas Ave., Midland, Texas, 79701, or the charity of your choice.
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