Louisa Booth Noble

January 14, 1938October 26, 2011

Louisa Booth Noble, 73, who recently relocated to Albuquerque NM, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

She was born to the late Colonel Cornell Dent Booth and Joanne Darby Booth on January 14, 1938 in New York City NY. She graduated from High School in Augsburg, Germany in 1956 and received a BS in Biology from Longwood College in Farmville VA in 1960. She married Dr. William Noble the same year and they moved to Baton Rouge LA where they both worked for Louisiana State University while pursuing graduate degrees. In 1963 they spent a year in India conducting research and relocated to Columbia MO in 1966. Louisa received an MA in Rural Sociology from Louisiana State University in 1969 and they returned to India for another year in 1971. In 1974 she married Dr. Rodney Moag and moved to Fiji the following year. After three years in Fiji, they moved to Ann Arbor MI in 1978. Louisa earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1984.

Louisa was a social worker at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital for 24 years. She worked passionately to help veterans receive the services they required, both during their hospital stay and once they were discharged.

She enjoyed golf and home renovation projects with her third husband, Dr. Harold Fachnie, to whom she was married from 1990 until his death in 1994. She also enjoyed contra dancing, German Fest, movies, pinochle, travel, friends and family. Louisa retired in 2002 and moved to Albuquerque in 2008 to be close to her children and grandchildren. She was loved for finding the humor in any situation, her boundless kindness and her energy. She was an adoring and devoted mother and grandmother. Her legacy to all who knew her is to laugh and to enjoy life.

Louisa is survived by one sister, Helen Booth of Gainesville FL; two daughters, Catherine Noble (Nicholas Nuccio) of Albuquerque NM and Jennifer Noble (John Hellier) of Peralta NM; two step-sons, Hugh Moag of Bothell WA and Jeff Moag (Nyssa Williams) of San Clemente CA; and two grandchildren, Sophie Nuccio, 7 and Max Noble, 5.

A memorial service will be held in Ann Arbor MI on Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 pm, at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor MI, 48104 . Donations in her memory may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, at 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10122. Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


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October 22, 2012

Was just saying to Al yesterday on our evening walk around the neighborhood how much I miss Lou. She was such a special person. Thinking of you often.

Lawrence Obrist

November 2, 2011

Cathy, Jen, and Family: Our hearts go out to you all at this time of loss of your dear mother, and by history a good friend, U of M field work supervisor, fellow AA VAMC Social Worker 1978-87, and Toastmaster. Many fond memories of her, and know the Good Lord will bless her for all the good she has done for so many, and the patient forbearance in her Ca battle. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry & Lori Obrist, Lincoln, NE.

Julia Winters

November 1, 2011

Dear Jen and Cathy,
I am so sorry to hear about your mom.
Jen, I remember your mom always being so kind and cheerful schleping us to and from the barn. It has stuck with me through the years how warm and kind she was.
My heart felt condolences to you both and all of your family.

Julia Winters

Bernie Booth

November 1, 2011

Lou was always a bright light everywhere she went-ALWAYS positive and smiling, and supportive.
A true inspiration.

Mita Gibson

October 31, 2011

Dear Jen and Cathy,
We are so sorry to hear this news. Lou was a dear friend and neighbor. We will always remember how she welcomed us and celebrated the birth of our first child. She was an extraordinary person.
Mita and Jon Gibson

George Ridenour

October 30, 2011

Dear Lou, You are a great social worker and you helped me when we worked together at the VA Medical Center. God bless you for your contribution to humanity and for our vets.

Al and Bev Kraker

October 29, 2011

Cathy and Jen and families, what an amazing person your mother was. She was the best neighbor and friend and shared such fun stories of you and the grandkids over the years. She loved you all so dearly. We were so sad to hear of her passing today. We will miss her. See you Dec. 1.

viviane shammas

October 29, 2011

dear lou, we love you and admire you for your courageous battle and positive outlook. you will always be remembered for you wit, kindness, and robust laughter. your zeal for life set an example for the rest of us. may your journey beyond be grand! thank you for all you gave to us in friendship and thoughtfulness. we will all miss you but will never forget you. my deepest condolences to jenny and cathy along with the family.