SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Louise passed away in the hospital shortly after surgery for ovarian cancer.

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Louise passed away in the hospital shortly after surgery for ovarian cancer.


She was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Ark., and attended Pine Bluff High School, where she played clarinet in the marching band. She was very proud of the fact that she was in the Herald Line in Scrubby Watson’s band.


She never lost contact with her best friends and family in Pine Bluff and received the Jefferson County Historical Quarterly in the mail.


She married John Hood in a wedding with so many people attending there was standing room only. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Louise and John moved from Arkansas to Indiana and from there to Colorado and from there to Montana, as John’s occupation transferred him. Finally they settled in Spokane, WA, where they resided in the same house for 34 years.


Mom was quick to laugh and smile, and enjoyed humor and friends. She loved music, movies and dogs, but overall she loved life and her family. She was also extensively involved in her Beta Sigma Phi sorority group. She was a collector of items such as bottles and holiday decorations. She was skilled at knitting, sewing and crocheting. In the last years of her life she strived as a full time caregiver for the husband she loved.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Edna Clay, and her brother, Tommy. She was survived by her brother, Marvin; her nieces and nephews; her husband, John; daughter, Leslie; son, Steve; two grandchildren, Brianna and Sean; and her West Highland puppy, Wendy.


Mom died too young. She had many friends and is much loved by all. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the honor to know her. Her Celebration of Life will be held at CenterPlace Event Center on February 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at 2426 N. Discovery Place, Room 212, Spokane Valley, WA 99216.