Louise E. Orator, "Weezie", age 92, of Taylorville, Illinois was welcomed to the Heavenly realm by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, where she heard the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant!" Death occurred on February 24, 2020 at 11:54 p.m. surrounded by her loving family at Memorial Hospice at Heritage, Springfield, Ill.
Louise was born September 2,1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Elmer A. and Thelma C. (Smith) Lurtz. She married Walter S. Orator on February 18, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, moving to Taylorville shortly afterwards.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 41 years, three brothers (Eugene, Stuart, and George), two sisters (Mary Virginia and Loretta), one daughter, one son-in-law (Doug Owens) and one great-grandson (Jon Gratton).
She is survived by four sons: Larry (Marcia), Steve (Lori), Billy, and Dan; two daughters: Christine (Karl) Reed, Kathy Owens, grandchildren: Tom, Joe and Tye Stanfield; Tracy (Lyndel) Huff, Melissa, Jason, Jessica (Marsh); Sheibi (Nate); Matthew.
Louise was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, belonging to Catholic Daughters of America; she volunteered with St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, took Meals on Wheels to homebound, delivered Communion to hospitalized patients, donated blood through the American Red Cross and spent many days assisting with blood drives. Additionally, Louise was a 50-year member of Taylorville VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary, served at the polls as an Election Judge, was a Cub Scout Den Mother for two years. Mom made our home and backyard always the most welcoming place for all our neighborhood friends both young and old.
Louise was a Charter Member (of 38 years) of her Pinochle Card Club, delighted in playing Bingo and Scrabble, enjoyed traveling with family and friends. The greatest joy of her life was time spent with her seven children, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and numerous nephews and nieces.
A private family graveside service will be held with Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, Ill. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date.