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6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

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Louise LaBauve Saxon

13 avril , 19383 novembre , 2019

Austin artist Louise LaBauve Saxon, 81, passed away peacefully at her home on November 2, 2019, following a valiant struggle with lymphoma. She was born in Austin on April 13, 1938, the only child of Tellie and Lois Ford LaBauve.

A lifelong Texan, Louise worked and lived almost all her life in the city of her birth. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School and earned both BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Texas, where she studied painting under William Lester. Her formal artistic training also included summer study in Mexico and in Banff, Canada. In 1960, Louise married fellow UT graduate Floyd C. Saxon, Jr. of Baytown, with whom she had two children, and by whom she was predeceased in 1990.

Working chiefly from her home studio, Louise created a highly imaginative body of artistic work in a variety of styles and mediums. Though her palette could be muted and her paintings subtle and abstract, she also found inspiration in Latin American themes and motifs and filled many of her canvases with swirling motion and vivid colors. Well known in the local area, Louise exhibited her work at Laguna Gloria and other venues in Austin and Central Texas, and her remarkable paintings hang as her legacy in homes both in Texas and beyond.

In addition to painting, Louise also taught children’s art classes in schools and at the Elizabeth Ney Museum. She was employed as Assistant Director of Development at the University of Texas Press for a decade, during which she always served this critical University operation with great pride. She helped lead and drive the successful formation of the first University of Texas Press Advisory Council. Her responsibilities also included traveling to major academic conferences throughout the country to handle the displays and marketing of scholarly works from UT Press at these meetings.

Louise’s creativity extended to the written word as well. In 2003, when the Humanities Institute put out a call for Austin residents to share their stories about life in Central Texas, of over 800 short personal narratives submitted, hers was one of the 127 selected for publication in the award-winning anthology “Writing Austin’s Lives; A Community Portrait.” She was also the author of “Journeys and Getaways: Women in Midlife Find Paths to Stability,” a book dealing with the struggles of five anonymous women as they attempted to transcend unforeseen personal, financial and health crises in midlife.

As her many friends will attest, Louise was always fun to be with. She had a sparkling sense of humor and was a keen observer, forever on the lookout for oddities and anomalies which she would describe with a dry wit uniquely her own. She played the piano with skill and pleasure throughout her life, with a love for music ranging from classical, including opera, to jazz.

Above all, Louise was an exceptionally generous and caring person who never failed to put others’ needs and concerns ahead of her own. Even the painting she so loved would be willingly laid aside if a friend or family member needed her. Her kind and self-effacing ways were both an example and an inspiration to those who knew and loved her, and by whom she will be greatly missed.

Louise is survived by her son Bradley Saxon of Austin and her daughter Sidney Saxon and adored granddaughter Aubrey Saxon, both of Lakeway. She is also survived by many cherished cousins in both the Ford and the LaBauve families, and by the three playmates from earliest childhood who became her special life-long friends, Jane Ann (Moore) Taylor of Boulder, Colorado; Sheila (Winship) Davis of Gamaleil, Arkansas; and Annette (LaBauve) Bassett of Ellsworth, Maine.

At Louise’s request, there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to the charity or cause of your choice. True service comes from the heart.

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Jonathan Taylor

30 novembre , 2019

Louise was a special lady with a kind heart, quick wit, and an amazing friend to our mother Janie Taylor for the past 80 years. They played as children, attended grade school through high school, continued to UT, and were married all within the first 25 years of their life's together. They shared all the experiences of life as children were born, careers were started & ended, husbands passed, and grandchildren were welcomed. They always remained close, talking on the phone, visiting each other in Texas & Colorado, or traveling to New York, even as recent as last year - their final adventure together. Louise was the most stable & enduring fixture in our mother's life and truly one of the kindest people we've ever met. Even at the end of Louise's life, her thoughts were about others rather than her own, wishing the best for her grand-daughter, her children and our mother as she faced her mortality.

We love you Louise and so glad your wonderful spirit lives on through your family, friends, and the students you inspired! Love, Deborah, Bill & Jon Taylor

Joan Bostic

13 novembre , 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Louise. She was very special. I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. We went to school together from elementary on and were in the band and orchestra together. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Loyal Forever,
Joan Meadows Bostic

JoAn Novotny Baird

11 novembre , 2019

Louise became my friend when we were 10 years old and I moved to Austin and joined her classroom at Robert E Lee school. No one could have a finer, more talented or loyal friend. We shared our educational opportunities through Austin Public Schools and the University of Texas. Louise was bright, artistic and very supportive to so many and we sustained one another through the vicissitudes of life.
Louise was about the most multi-talented person I know and had the most diverse interests that led her to successes in several fields of endeavor.
I consider myself very blessed to have had such a wonderful friend who is now a Guardian Angel to her family and left a wonderful legacy behind. God Speed my friend.

JoAn Baird

11 novembre , 2019

Louise became my friend when we were 10 years old and I moved to Austin and joined her classroom at Robert E Lee school. No one could have a finer, more talented or loyal friend. We shared our educational opportunities through Austin Public Schools and the University of Texas. Louise was bright, artistic and very supportive to so many and we sustained one another through the vicissitudes of life.
Louise was about the most multi-talented person I know and had the most diverse interests that led her to successes in several fields of endeavor.
I consider myself very blessed to have had such a wonderful friend who is now a Guardian Angel to her family and left a wonderful legacy behind. God Speed my friend.

Sally Craig

9 novembre , 2019

I hardly knew Louise in high school. Our friendship began when I returned to Austin in 2002. Louise learned I had become an editor and promptly hired me to edit her book, which was then in early stages. This partnership led to many long conversations, and I grew to admire Louise's insights, intelligence, wit, and eloquence. In time, she introduced me to her art, which blew me away. I deduced that she played piano, since a big one dominated her living room. The lady had so many talents! I am grateful that we had those years together, and I shall miss her more than I can say. Vaya con Dios, mi amiga.

Barbara Allen

8 novembre , 2019

Louise and I shared many experiences from grade school up. She was warm and caring and will be missed by her family and many friends.

Ann Doctorman Brewer

8 novembre , 2019

Louise was a quiet, intelligent, talented lady. She was also generous , contributing her paintings to a number of Austin High auctions and fundraisers. Although I did not know her well, I admired her. She will be missed.

Ann Brewer

Maline Gilbert McCalla

8 novembre , 2019

A fine lady was Louise, a fine friend, and fine artist as well She will
b e missed by many of her old classmates.

Maline McCalla

Kay Braziel

7 novembre , 2019

What a special person Louise was; I always felt when I talked to her - whether at our class of AHS '56 Klatsch gatherings, or church. or just in a telephone conversation - I was always talking to a very
intelligent, caring and personable person. She was a very special lady, and I am sorry for your loss.

In His love and ours,
Kay and John Braziel

Babs Bartow Cape

7 novembre , 2019

Long ago, Louise and I had summer fun in my play house. I can see her in my mind looking out the window, smiling. She was a fine friend. My sympathy to her loved ones. Babs

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