She was born April 12, 1917, in North Manchester, to Garber and Cleo (Long) Wright. Louise graduated from Lagro High School in 1935 and Warner Beauty College in 1936. She married Lawrence E. Dawson on March 9, 1941 in North Manchester; he preceded her in death.
Louise was a cosmetologist for 10 years in the Louise and Loretta’s Beauty Shop and in her home. She assisted Lawrence in farming for over 30 years, and was also an enumberator for the USDA through Purdue University doing map reading. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wabash, the Margaret Wilson Circle of the church, and co-chairperson for 28 years of the church noodle committee. Louise was also a member of the Ivy Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and former Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Arkansas in Indiana 2 years. She was a 50 year member of the Range Line and Good Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club. She was past President of the Wabash County Extension Homemakers Club, and served as treasurer for four years. Louise loved gardening, sewing, photography, leather work, and all kinds of crafts.
She is survived by her niece: Shirley (Ronald) Anderson, Urbana, Ind.; foster-son: Dr. Norman (Cay) Long, West Lafayette, Ind.; foster-grandchildren: Christinia M. (Dr. Roger) George, Marietta, Ga.; Charles (Robin) Long, Sellersburg, Ind.; Cathy Colbert, Las Vegas, Nev.; Carrie Long, Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother: Edward Wright.
Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. 7th St., North Manchester. There will be an Eastern Star service at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Peabody Chapel, with Reverend Sue Babovec and Gary Dawson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Peabody Caring Circle, or Peabody Foundation for Memory Enhancement.