Betty Louise Pfeifer

July 18, 1928May 13, 2018

Betty Louise Pfeifer, 89, passed away peacefully and with a smile on her face, on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home in East Lansing.

Born July 18, 1928 in Long Beach, California, Louise grew up in Seminole, Plainview, and at the Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene, Texas. Louise attended Hardin Simmons University and was the first college graduate from Hendrick Home for Children. She met the love of her life, Jack Pfeifer, while he was stationed at Camp Barkley in Abilene, Texas. They married and Jack brought his beautiful Cowgirl to Michigan in 1949 where they started a family – Laura, Carol, David, and Patricia.

Louise was a Pink Lady volunteer at Sparrow Hospital, President of Lansing Sea Sprites synchronized swimming club, and helped create the local Parkinson’s Support Group. Louise shared her love of Christ as a Born Again, Spirit-filled Women’s Aglow Bible Study group leader for decades.

The family is especially grateful to caregiver Jen Gilpin who helped care for Louise the last year of her life.

Louise is preceded in death by her husband, John Edward Pfeifer (1994) and her daughter, Carol Ann Rhodes (2012).

Louise will be lovingly remembered by her children, Laurie (Kevin) McMahon, David (Shelli) Pfeifer, and Patricia (Mike Bonner) Pfeifer; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Boes McMahon, Brandon Adams McMahon, Ann Louise Rhodes Kuepfer, Sarah Marie Rhodes Arritt, David Carl Pfeifer Jr., Christopher Ryan Pfeifer, James David Kennedy, Thomas Edward Kennedy; her 6 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Laura Rassiga (New York) and Nona Tapscott (Texas).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12pm at New Covenant Christian Church, 4415 W. St. Joseph Highway, Lansing, with a light lunch to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hendrick Home for Children P.O. Box 5195 Abilene, Texas 79608-5195 or New Covenant Christian School. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Karen (Earley) Knott

May 18, 2018

My precious Aunt Lou. We were at opposite ends of the county. She up north and I down south, but I have been blessed to have her come visit off and on and we share great memories of TX Home Reunions. My sweetest memory is that Lou loved 3D cards. Every Christmas I waited with anticipation for my Christmas card from Aunt Lou. They were always beautiful and creative; often, once opened, they could be used as an ornament for our tree. I treasure those cards, not because they were unique but, because they came from someone who loved me enough to take the time to find that special card just for me. There were time as a child that I did not feel special, but she had a gift for making everyone in her life feel they were of special value to her.

debi rassiga

May 17, 2018

aunt lou, I will always remember the time we came to your house for thanksgiving and you made your famous chocolate cookie pie and you told us we could only have one piece. we all thought you were kidding but to this day I'm still not sure that you were and then when we were leaving it started snowing and you said we would be fine (they clear the roads fast) but a half hour later we were stuck on the highway for 3 hours and when we finally got to Toledo, ohio we had to sleep on the floor in a convention room in a hotel because there were no rooms available. Charles and I had a great time but my mother and grandmother no so much. but thanks for giving us a great memory. you will be missed. we love you..

Mary Ann Blade

May 16, 2018

Louise was one of our favorite peoples....when we lived in East Lansing. She was always so kind to our family. I know that she will be missed by her family.

Graham Chapman

May 16, 2018

Louise, you were a true lover of God and I was glad to know you! Friendship to be continued into eternity... & I know you are full of unspeakable joy! You have crossed the finish line.