Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Louise Woodley Obituary (2021) – Albuquerque, NM

Louise Woodley

Louise Anna Loftin Woodley passed away on October 25, 2021 in her 67-year-old home.

Louise was born on July 22, 1929 in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia to John and Sylvia

Küppinger. On a road trip to California with a friend in 1953, she stopped in Farmington, NM, where she met and fell in love with William Grant Loftin. She and her friend never made it to CA and shortly afterwards she married Grant in Philadelphia. She and Grant left Farmington, lived briefly in Lawton, Oklahoma, and then settled in Albuquerque, where they bought a house and had three children. After separating from Louise and Grant in 1971, she supported their three children, worked two jobs, one part-time as clerk in Sears’ hosiery department at the Coronado Center and as a full-time receptionist in a body shop and finally as secretary in the purchasing department of UNM bis on her retirement in 1990. At UNM, she loved having lunch with colleagues and friends Charlene Otero and Libby Weeks at nearby establishments such as Jacks on Central.

She was married again to Paul Woodley in 1982 until Paulus passed away in 2014. They enjoyed traveling together, especially to Hawaii, an exotic destination that Louise dreamed of for as long as her family and friends can remember.

Louise loved to play bridge and used to play at the Duke City Duplicate Bridge Club. She and her partner Marion Hoffman won several championships in the 1960s. She did the crossword puzzle in the every day (except Sundays, which she didn’t think was worth the difficulty), cut out, dated, and neatly stacked each completed puzzle. She has completed hundreds of puzzles, most more than once, and has acquired possibly the largest collection of 300-piece puzzles in the state.

Louise leaves behind her sister Alma Forman, daughter Laura Bute (Norman) and grandsons Grant and David, son Geoffrey (Val Neilson) and grandsons Zach and Troy and son Michael (Susan Matteucci) and grandsons Benjamin and George. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded by her brother Paul Kuppinger in death. Her family would like to thank carers Mary Sampson (a neighbor and friend for over 60 years) and Rosalba Ramirez, who made it possible for Louise to stay in her first and only home until her last day.

Instead of flowers, please send donations in memory of Louise to Encuentro in support of his Home Health Aide program. (Go to www.encuentronm.org and select “In Memory of Louise Woodley” under the donation button.)

Published by on October 31, 2021.

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