McCutcheon, Louise Melvin (Mrs. Bill)



NOVEMBER 20, 1925 – FEBRUARY 17, 2007
   Louise Melvin McCutcheon was born in Mayfield, Kentucky on November 20, 1925, to “Kentucky Pioneer Stock.” Her mother was Stella Summerville. Her father, Edgar A. Melvin, moved his family to Winter Haven, Florida, shortly after her birth for reasons of his health and there he opened and operated a dairy farm the rest of his life. There Louise grew up with her brother and two sisters.
   Before she was out of elementary school she knew Bill McCutcheon, and in 1941 while she was still a sophomore in high school she started dating him. Five years later, on February 6, 1946, they married. Bill was still in the U. S. Navy. They were married for 61 years and 11 days when Louise died on February 17, 2007, and returned into the care of  her Heavenly Father.
   Louise’s calling in life was as “homemaker,” and she pursued that calling with great dedication and love. She made her home a sanctuary for her husband and the four children she produced and raised. Her family was her life.
   Louise’s “Celebration” Memorial Service was held at the North Highlands United Methodist Church in Shreveport on February 23, 2007 with the Reverend John G. Deschner officiating. It was the church where 43 years previously she and her family had been active members and she had been the Children’s Sunday School Superintendent in 1964. It was that year that she and Bill left North Highlands for Bill to attend Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in preparation for full time ministry in the Methodist Church.
   After the seminary experience, Louise and Bill returned to Shreveport and to the Louisiana Conference for Bill to first serve as Associate Pastor at First Methodist Church for four years, until 1971. Along with serving as “pastor’s wife,” Louise worked with children’s puppets and puppet shows. 
   Following their service at First Church in Shreveport, Louise and Bill served St. Paul’s in Baton Rouge, First United Methodist in Winnsboro and Louisiana Memorial in Opelousas. Besides her work with children and teaching children’s Sunday School classes, Louise showed a special talent working with women of the church in making creative crafts and products for many church bazaars. She had very creative talents., but her children were always her main calling.
   Louise loved being a mother and a grandmother and finally a great-grandmother. Besides her own four children, she had fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She felt greatly blessed by having so many to love and be loved by. God gave her a great appreciation for and a love of “family.” When death was near to Louise and she knew it would not be long, her last words to her daughter were, “I am heart broken, for I will not see my family again in this life.” She died six and a half days later having served her husband, her children and her God with every thing she had. 
W. M. McCutcheon
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2007; p. 260.

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