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Louise Royer

Louise Marie Pope Royer of Grass Valley passed away on April 26, with family by her side. She was 89.

A mass and potluck reception will be held on May 11 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City, CA.

Louise Royer was born in Spokane, Wash., on June 5, 1923, to Margaret (Theichert) and Peter Pope, immigrants from Austria and Germany. She graduated from Opportunity High School and held a secretarial degree from Spokane Secretarial School. She met and married the love of her life, Donald Royer, on November 19, 1942. She continued to work until Donald returned from the war in 1945. When the war ended, the couple continued their life in Spokane, Wash., where they started their family. They moved to California in 1950.

In 1955 Louise contracted polio and was placed in a hospital for almost a year. She returned home with determination to walk again, and she was successful in this endeavor. A few years later when her husband attended seminary in Berkeley to become an Episcopal priest, Louise found full-time employment working for the City of Berkeley, Office of Public Health. This was before America’s Disability Act. The barriers she had to face to get around and work were many. In 1960 they moved to Long Beach. Within a year Don contracted tuberculosis, which would require Louise to care for her children alone. Once Don was ordained as a priest, the family moved to Orland, Calif. In 1965 they moved to Nevada City, and Louise started working for the Nevada County Probation Department, retiring after 20 years. She was also involved in activities at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City where her husband served as rector for seven years. She served as mother advisor to Nevada City Assembly #74, International Order of Rainbow for Girls for five years.

Louise was a loving mother and accomplished seamstress, making matching outfits for all of her daughters. She enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, fishing and spending time with her family.

Louise is survived by daughters Margaret Carson (Hugh) of Colo., Christine Steinhoff (Dennis) of Williams, Calif., and Doris Royer of Grass Valley; and five grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Royer and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City or Hospice of the Foothills. Her family wishes to thank Mountain View Care Home and Hospice of the Foothills for the loving care given to her.


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