Louise Marie (Gookin) Thrasher was born on Sept. 30, 1926, in Lucas County, the daughter of Guy William and Edythe Luella (Britton) Gookin. As a girl, she attended one-room school houses and then attended and graduated from Chariton High School. After graduation Louise moved to Denver, Colo., and found a job working in a bank. When she heard that Billy Thrasher was on his way home from the war, she headed back to Chariton to be available.
She married William “Bill” Thrasher on Nov. 27, 1946, and they set up house on a farm outside Knoxville. Soon Bill began working for the Veterans Hospital in Knoxville. In 1967 Bill transferred to the V.A. in Marion, Ind., then in 1975, they moved to Ft. Wayne, Ind., and he retired while at the V.A. in Battle Creek, Mich. Everywhere they went, Louise was involved in the work of her church. They also found wives for their boys in Marion and Battle Creek.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Eileen (Lynn) Dachenbach of Knoxville, Marvin (Patti) Thrasher of Ames and Calvin (Ronda) Thrasher of Knoxville; sisters, Orpha Genochio of Anniston, AL and Geneva (Larry) Radcliff of Allerton; brother-in-law, David Thrasher of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Belvadene Thrasher of Davenport; grandchildren, Julie (Carlos) Herrera, Crystal (Shawn) Ealy of Knoxville, Casey (Nichole) Thrasher of Littleton, Colorado and Bradley (Elizabeth) Thrasher of Des Moines; and great grandchildren, Anthony Herrera of Ames, Grant Herrera of Knoxville, Courtney (Matthew) Willoughby of Pleasantville, Cierra Carter of Knoxville, Patrick Ealy of Ames, Isaac Ealy of Oskaloosa, Micah “Buddy” Thrasher of Des Moines and Briella Thrasher of Littleton, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Thrasher; and infant son, Steven.
Louise was known for her love of Jesus and was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene. She filled many roles in the church over the years, but her love for Missions and missionaries is well known. She was a very talented lady and in many ways expressed her creativity. She sewed the dresses for the bridesmaids for all her children, baked and decorated cakes, and enjoyed quilting. She will be missed especially by her family, but we know that today she is in Heaven with our dad, our brother who has been there for 63 years, and our grandparents and friends who have made Heaven their final reward.
A visitation will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at noon with family present from 5-7 p.m. that evening at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Knoxville. Burial will follow in the Chariton Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the family for a World Mission Project.