Louise S Emerson

June 24, 1922September 29, 2019

Louise S. Emerson, 97, passed away peacefully September 29. She was at home with her family in Henderson, Nevada. Louise was a longtime resident of Kansas City.

She is survived by her children Marilyn Schmidt and son-in-law Bruce Schmidt, Wally Emerson, Lawrence, Kansas and daughter-in-law Connie Hauenstein Emerson, Lawrence, Kansas; grandchildren Brian and Jason Schmidt, Evan and Brooke Emerson; nieces and nephews Harvey Smith, Marie Elaine Howard, Helen Price, Donnie Smith and Nancy Smith; great grandchildren Jack and Elliot Emerson, Greta Griffard, Madison and Andrew Terry-Schmidt; and countless cousins of varying degrees.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Elizabeth Smith; husband of 55 years, Walter Emerson; siblings, Roy, Harvey, Lewis, Uel, Billy Joe Smith and Mary McLain; niece and nephews, Marybeth Houser, Lewis, Bert and David Smith.

Louise grew up in Thayer, Missouri, a small railroad town next to Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. She was a middle child among seven children and loved sharing stories and family history. As a toddler she was nicknamed Toots which remained her name within the family. There is no such person as Aunt Louise. She is Aunt Toots.

Her father was an engineer for the Frisco Railroad and a special treat each of the children enjoyed was riding with him to Memphis. And when the family was camping at Mammoth Spring or on Spring River, he would toss a block of ice to the campers as the train passed by. Railroad work sustained the family during the Depression and Louise learned about generosity when her father brought home fellow workers for a meal and her mother, Elizabeth, was known for leaving an extra meal on the stoop for anyone who needed it.

Louise and her sister, Mary, moved to Kansas City where Louise joined the World War II effort building airplanes for Pratt and Whitney. She continued working until retirement from TWA in 1987. She enjoyed work, made many lifelong friends there and always said that working kept her young. Through TWA, Louise was able to fully develop the travel bug she got at an early age when her father took her on a drive and gave her a map to find the way. Coupled with being the family photographer as a youngster, she was always ready for an adventure. She and Walt traveled the world making many excursions to Europe, the Middle East, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They were also able to make frequent visits to Las Vegas to visit their daughter, Marilyn, and her family.

Louise and Walt were active members of Swope Park Baptist Church (later Grace Point Baptist Church) from 1954. After retirement, Louise worked as a volunteer for many years at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a master knitter and quilter from an early age. She loved to share her work and was always knitting something for someone. Her family is blessed with many beautiful pieces made by her hands with love.

After becoming a widow in 2004 and living independently for eleven years - but giving up driving at age 90 - Louise moved to an assisted living facility in Lawrence, Kansas in 2015. In 2017 she moved to Henderson, Nevada to live with Marilyn and her husband, Bruce Schmidt. That was Louise’s last trip and she took it in style. She shared the 25-hour Amtrak journey with her daughter in a sleeping cabin with all the amenities.

Louise will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She left a mark on the world. It is written in love and kindness by an indomitable spirit.


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Reception Friday, October 11, 2019


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Ann Marie Arseneault

October 9, 2019

I can only imagine heaven being brighter when mom came through those gates. She brought peace and kindness to everyone who was blessed to be in her company. She will always and forever my heart.

kay olmedo

October 9, 2019

Oh my gosh, I worked with Louise at TWA. Never forget her sense of humor. We had so much fun. She taught me how to crochet. I told her I could never learn, she ignored my comments and said anyone could learn. She taught me how to make a reversible neck scarf. The most unique thing I had ever seen. She was as proud of me as I was. I made neck scarves for every one in my family and friends. We exchanged gag gifts at Christmas. I used to tell her my bangs were always oily so sometimes I just washed them. She gave me a little pill bottle with shampoo in it labeled Bang Shampoo. She had such a great personality, I loved being around her. Even though she was 20+ years older, I felt she was my best friend. She was sure young at heart. I have thought about her often and very happy that I had the opportunity to cross paths with her. She was out of sight but never out of mind! She will always be remembered as a very special person in my heart! I hope I can inspire someone as much as she inspired me! My condolences to her family and friends.

Nancy Anne Smith

October 9, 2019

Aunt Toots was more than an aunt, she was my confidant, my friend and a shining example for us all on how to conduct our lives. I will never forget her laugh, her wit, her counsel and unlimited support that brought joy and stability to my family. I am so grateful for the incredible bond she shared with Madeliene, Alex and Connor. There are so many stories of her love and generosity to be shared with generations to come, keeping her forever in our heart and souls.

Pamela Henry

October 9, 2019

Marilyn and family, I was blessed to meet Louise, a beautiful lady. Marilyn, I will treasure the memories of the lunches with your mom, and never forget the pancake that was so large, it was falling off the plate. The way your mom reacted was priceless. Louise was also blessed to have two children who adored and cared for her . She will be missed by all who knew her, yet we know she is home and with those she had missed. With love, I send my condolences.

Patricia Hollomon

October 8, 2019

Marilyn and Wally, I was so blessed to have met and loved your Mother! Heaven is a sweeter and richer place today; because she is there. She loved Jesus so much! I know He has welcomed her home to the mansion He prepared for her, Thanks for sharing her with me. Pat Hollomon

Kirtes Calvery

October 8, 2019

Louise and Walt were some of God's choice people, loving, kind, and exceedingly generous. (I still have some lawn equipment that Walt gave to me.) And after Walt died Louise just kept right on following in the path of graciousness that they had long established as their way. Although we have not seen each other in years I will never forget the Emersons.

Donnie and Mona Smith

October 7, 2019

Aunt Toots is a shining example of "The Greatest Generation."
We will always cherish our memories of you.