Louise Douglas

Louise Graham Douglas

1931 - 2023

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Louise Graham Douglas, age 91, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Louise was born December 2, 1931, to the late John William and Jessie Williamson Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lived her entire life. She was a graduate of Thomasboro High School and worked for Queen City Mattress and Upholstery. In 1956, she married Donald Ray Douglas and began a journey of love that was built on faith, family, hard work, humor and dedication to each other. A baby boy, Ray joined the family and she transitioned to a loving mother and homemaker. She took on that role and mastered the economics of running a household. A special bond was made with her niece Cyndy as she would join them daily so her sister, Betty could work. Daughter, Donna joined the family and was her Mom’s shadow, watching and learning about cooking, caregiving and finances. Louise was the original extreme couponer and believed in providing for anyone who came through her door. She made all feel welcome and at home, always offering to feed them. It made her happy to take care of others. When she learned there were children having difficulty reading in her children’s junior high school, she volunteered in the library to help teach them to read. She found an innovative way to give them incentive by using the driver’s education manual as a reading source. As dementia began to take her ability to do things at home, Donald took on her roles taking care of the household and her. He let it be known that her job was much harder than his as the breadwinner for the family. She amazed him with what she did. There was certainly a special Heavenly reunion of “old man” and “old woman”. Louise is survived by her son, Ray Douglas (Kathie) of Charlotte; her daughter, Donna Hughes (John) of Charlotte; four granddaughters, Reynolds Barbee (Anthony), Raygan Douglas, Dawn Rudisill (Patrick), and Jessie Hughes; one grandson, Joshua Morton; five great-grandsons, Liam, Silas and Avett Barbee, Tyler and Logan Rudisill; niece Cyndy Petto (Frank); nephews Gerry Graham (Susan), Johnny Graham (Vivian) and Phillip Graham, and many more loving family members and friends. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Donald, brother John William (J.W.) Graham and her sister Betty Gaffney. The family will receive friends from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 8501 Bellhaven Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28214. A celebration of life service will be held at 2pm in the church chapel with interment following at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Hankins and Whittington is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.HankinsandWhittington.com.
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