Louise Frances Koury Alley
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Louise Frances Koury Alley

Louise Frances Koury Alley died October 9, 2015. She was born March 2, 1927 in Rochester, New York to Isabelle Margaret Joseph Koury and George A. Koury, Sr. both of whom preceded her in death.

Louise moved to Shreveport at three years of age and with the exception of her husband's military assignments lived here her entire life. Educated by The Daughters of the Cross at St. Mary's and St. Vincent's Academy she held dear her relationship with those academic institutions and was a devout Catholic. Louise was a graduate of the St. Vincent's Academy Class of 1944. During her time there she participated in numerous organizations including the Sodality and the Drum and Bugle Corps among others. Louise went to work for Chicago and Southern Airlines which was later acquired by Delta Airlines where she worked in capacities ranging from ticket agent, in flight stewardess, air to ground communications with incoming aircraft and once even participated in a crash investigation for an accident that occurred in east Texas. When she entered the airline industry it was at Shreveport's Downtown airport just prior to the commencement of operations at the then new Shreveport Regional Airport when it opened in 1952.

Louise married 1st Lt. Bennie Ray Alley, USAF on July 15th, 1955 in Brownsville, Texas while he was attending navigator training at Harlingen Air Force Base in Texas.

To this union was born two children Raymond Stewart Alley and Suzanne Camille Alley. The family was stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell New Mexico where Louise was a member of the Officer's Wives Club and the USAF Gray Ladies volunteer organization and had her first exposure to on-air broadcasting on a small station in Roswell voicing public service announcements about OWC activities on the base.

Upon returning to Shreveport in 1965, Louise began what would become a very distinguished radio career initially as a copy writer for the iconic KWKH Radio station which was then also known as the Friendly Giant boasting 50,000 watts of power. Unexpectedly one day she was asked to step in and with no script or preparation of any sort broadcast a thirty minute live radio show in place of another broadcaster. That thirty minute show ultimately grew to over a four hour daily talk show that covered a myriad of topics. Louise interviewed countless celebrities, political figures and everyday people both on the national stage and in Shreveport-Bossier the hometown community that she dearly loved. That career spanned over six decades in the broadcast and advertising business leaving radio only after her health began to fail in 2012. In addition to KWKH, Louise was also affiliated with KBCL, KEEL, and KOKA. Louise was proud to work with some of the innovators and giants in the radio and television industry such as Frank Page, Chuck Fellers, Norm Bale, Larry King, Henry Clay, Jack Timmons, Buddy Flowers, Jim Mitchell, Nat Stuckey, Jim Hawthorne, Larry Ryan, Carl Staples, and Don Zimmerman. Most recently she was affiliated with the stations owned by Cary Camp whom she regarded as a son. She was adored by her listeners and advertisers and truly put her heart into everything she did. In 1978, Louise established Louise Alley Advertising which she owned and operated until 2012. Louise was a sought after judge for beauty pageants and judged numerous Miss Louisiana Universe pageants. Louise was known for ending every broadcast with the Irish Blessing and her signature sign off of "Good day, John…wherever you are." This was a nod to an Irish priest who was a longtime family friend.

Upon Ben's return from Vietnam in 1967, there was an opportunity to take an assignment in Australia…Louise's only comment was she planned to live where U.S Highway 80 crossed the Red River and where there was Selber Bros., Goldring's and The Fashion. Needless to say, the family did not ever see Australia.

Louise leaves a lasting and loving legacy among family and friends. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Home and family were her priorities above all else.

Louise is survived by her husband, Major USAF, ret, Bennie R. Alley, children Camille and husband Dr. Jeff Weeks, Raymond and wife Ellen Paylor Alley. Brother and Sister-in-law George and Thama Koury of Bend, Oregon. Grandchildren: Emily Alley, Caroline Ourso; Sarah Lowder, and Katie Weeks. Great children: John Ourso, Mary Ellen, Molly, and Charlie Lowder.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

May the Road Rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.






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Published in Shreveport Times on Oct. 11, 2015.
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November 5, 2015
To Uncle Bennie, Raymond and Camie: Aunt Louise was truly one unforgettable woman! She was amazing at keeping the family connection calling me regularly to check in on everyone. I so enjoyed our conversations over the years and she always made me laugh out loud and giggle at her observances of life. And what Southern charm! She and our Pops are now together along with Grandma...my heart is heavy but I know we will all be together soon. My love to all of you ~Gaye Koury Blyth and family.
Gaye Koury Blyth
October 17, 2015
Enjoyed working with Louise Alley. We loved shopping at The Fashion. She was a great coworker at KWKH-KROK. I learned a lot about style from her. Rest in Peace
Debra Duty Seamster
October 13, 2015
So sorry to hear this. She was a great lady.
Jimmy & Terri Prescott
October 12, 2015
I knew my cousin Little Louise for 79 years. Every year until just recently she would call me and send me a birthday card to remind me she was there in Corpus Christi the day I was born. Barbara and I are thinking of you all.
Philip and Barbara Joseph
October 12, 2015
Our deepest condolences.
Jeanne Liles
October 12, 2015
Prayers to Ben & family...Loved Louise & Ben..My husband, Walter & Ben golfed together. Those were great days for them. I have missed seing Louise..She will be greatly missed. Love & Prayers, Kathy Snelling
October 12, 2015
We were so saddened to read of Louise's passing. What a legend she was to this community! She was always so kind to promote our church organization's events. May Louise's memory be eternal. Our deepest prayers and sympathies to the Alley family.
Sophia and Georgia Booras
October 12, 2015
We are saddened to lose a member of our Oaks of Louisiana family and hope that the memories of love and laughter shared bring you peace. While there are no words to ease the loss you bear, we send our sincere thoughts and prayers to your family.
The Oaks of Louisiana Administration and Staff
October 12, 2015
Our prayers to Camie and Raymond and families-we loved Louise dearly- So many cherished memories - She is missed- With Love
George & Delores NeJame
October 12, 2015
I was so sad to see the passing of Louise Alley, she was always very dear to me. I'll never forget the first time I met her when I was sixteen years old, I applied for a job at KWKH and that is where I met her and Frank Page. Her radio broadcast were classic, and she could sell anything, she was just terrific! God bless her and her family and thank you Ms.Alley for being such a good friend to me over the years. You'll be truly missed.
Mark Christopher Pizzolato
October 11, 2015

I am saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend Louise Alley. She was a remarkable devoted person, and leader in broadcasting, and highly revered with many listeners and followers. There will be an unfillable void, for she was a Patriot of our community. She gave his unlimited time and energy doing many deeds and acts of kindness for others. Our hearts are heavy with sadness, as She has entered the Celestrial Gates. We are truly Blessed and Grateful for having her in our lives. Our Families lived together on Oak Hill Circle, where we had good times. Cammie, Raymond, Ben, and Family our Love and Lord's peace are with you. Beth Foster and Family
Beth Foster
October 11, 2015
Being a Shreveport native, I remember seeing Louise on TV since I was a little girl. Years later I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Camille and then getting to know the whole family. There are no words to comfort you at this time - Louise was one in a million! I will never forget her. If you were a friend of Camille's, you were a daughter of Louise. She even worried about my children like they were her own! What a wonderful mom! God be with you all during this time of sorrow. Raymond, Mr. Alley... I'm praying for you all!
Marsha Parchman
October 11, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Louise several times through the years doing PSA's for Bossier Art Association and Bossier Arts Council. She was always most gracious and helpful in promoting our endeavors. She will be greatly missed. God bless you and your family duing this time.
Libby Lamb
October 11, 2015
Cammie, Thinking of you and your family. Praying you will feel God's peace at this time. Hugs!
Tillie Lafitte
October 11, 2015
Raymond and Camie, I'm so sorry for your loss. We loved Mrs. Louise, Mrs. Isabella and Mr. Bennie. I can remember going to work with mommy when you all were babies and working for Mrs. Isabella, then later Mrs. Louise. Later mommy taking my kids and CC to work with her. You know mommy loved all of your family, down to Emily. I know she will enjoy seeing you all soon. Take care and know that we love you all and all are in our prayers.
Nuna & Elizabeth LaCour
October 11, 2015
Louise, You are a very special friend and I will always cherish the memory of you in my heart forever! I know that you are wrapped around Jesus' sweet arms and in a beautiful place, but you will be missed!
debbie dillard
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