Louise Martha Prior

Louise Martha Prior was born on March 15, 1918, in Englewood, Colo., above the grocery store her parents Paul J. and Elizabeth “Bessie” (Clark) Wollenweber owned. Having spent most of her life in the Denver area, she moved to Southwest Colorado 10 years ago to be closer to her daughter. Louise was received into the loving arms of The Lord on June 27, 2012, passing peacefully at her home at the age of 94.

An accomplished tennis player, she graduated from East High School in Denver in 1936 and shortly thereafter met the love of her life, Leon Prior, on a blind date. They were married in 1938 and shared 60 years together and having three children of whom they were so proud. Living up to the German translation of her maiden name, “wool weaver,” Louise spent many hours throughout her life knitting dozens of sweaters, socks, mittens, and afghans for her family and friends. Upon retirement as a bookkeeper, she enrolled in painting classes, ceramic doll making, and took swimming lessons. She and Leon participated in the Senior Olympics and also volunteered to help developmentally disabled children learn to swim. She was an active member of Brentwood Methodist Church and gave many hours of her time and talent to help others. After moving to Mancos, she loved playing bridge with friends at the Senior Center in Cortez and attending church with her daughter and son-in-law at Vista Grande each week. Louise loved Colorado history and always had many stories to tell throughout the years about the role her family played in the Denver and Central City area. Most importantly, Louise gave her heart and life to our Saviour, Jesus Christ and now rests with Him.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Leon; parents, Paul and Bessie Wollenweber; brothers, Clark Wollenweber, Paul Wollenweber, and Harold Wollenweber; and by her sister, Fern Benninger.

Louise is survived by her brother, Arthur (and wife Louann) of Denver; daughter, Gayle Prior (and husband, Bill Proud) of Mancos; her sons, Paul Prior of Houston, Texas and Lloyd Prior (and wife, Kay) of Carmichael, Calif.; as well as four grandsons, five great-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Louise’s honor may be made to the Hospice of Montezuma, P.O. Box 740, Cortez, CO 81321.

Arrangements are under the direction of Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Cortez.