Louise Embrey was born in Bridgewater, SD but grew up in New Mexico from the age of five. Louise graduated from Carrizozo High School where she was a member of Glee Club, as well as the acrobat, track and basketball teams.
Louise married Ladd Embrey in 1942 and had five children. The family moved to Grants in 1954, near the beginning of the Uranium Mining boom.
Known for her feistiness and keen sense of humor, Louise enjoyed reading, painting, sewing, walking and hiking, as well as going hunting and fishing. She remained very active all her life and walked or rode her bicycle daily.
Louise was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star--in which she held all the offices, including Worthy Matron.
Louise was preceded in death by parents Carl and Emma Degner, sisters Agnes Hein, Alice King and Henrietta McDaniel, brothers Carl and Alvin Degner, husbands Ladd Embrey and David Reitmeyer, and daughter Barbara Wickliffe.
Louise is survived by brother Eugene Degner o f Alamogordo, sons Robert Embrey of Orange Park, FL and Michael Embrey of Grants, daughters Deborah Donald of Houston, TX and Terri Carnessale of San Diego, CA, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren--all of whom loved her dearly and will miss her joy of life, laughter, strength, character, sense of adventure and love of family.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon.