Louise Marie Thompson Kirby was born April 12, 1934 in Sealy, Texas to parents Obe Charles and Goldie Leaser Thompson. During her childhood, Louise lived in many different places including California, Levelland, Sealy and Bellville. She graduated from Bellville High School in 1953 where she was a cheerleader, and a member of both the Future Farmers of America and the Future Homemakers of America. On January 22, 1953, Louise was united in marriage with Clifford W. Slovak, the father of their daughters, Angie Piazza and Janet Slovak. They lived in Sugar Land where Louise made her home the rest of her lifetime. On August 20, 1964, she married Lyndon Kirby, the father of their third daughter, Lynn Marie Kirby. During her working years, Louise was employed at Imperial Sugar Co., Nabisco as a head hunter for an employment agency. A member of the First Baptist Church and the 700 club, Louise always put God and her family first. After her retirement, she served as a volunteer for Trinity Broadcast Network. She also made donations to numerous ministries including that of Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn and Rod Parsley. A devoted mother and grandmother, Louise treasured the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren. She passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at her home in Sugar Land at the age of 71. She is survived by her daughters: Angie Piazza and her husband, Tony, of Houston, Janet Slovak of Sugar Land, and Lynn Kirby of Brownsburg, Indiana; grandchildren: Wade Pawless of Waco, Nicole Piazza of Dallas, Nina Cottengim of Indiana, Thomas Piazza of Houston, and Shayna Sunderland of Indiana. Also surviving is her great granddaughter: Hannah Cottengim of Indiana; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, six sisters and her husband Clifford W. Slovak. A celebration of Louise's life was held at 2 p.m. , Sunday, May 22 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with the Rev. Jeff English officiating. Burial followed in Buckhorn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wade Pawless, Tony Piazza, Melvin Acock, Connie Charles Dever, John Miller and Jimmy Teets. Honorary pallbearer was Thomas Piazza. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the American Lung Association, 2030 North Loop West, Suite 250, Houston, TX 77018.
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