Overbrook native Louise Butler was born Sept. 4, 1932 to the late Julian Ervin Denison and Nollie Jewel (Laningham) Denison at their rural Love County residence.  
At the end of her Junior year at Ardmore High School, Louise and Irby Eugene “Gene” Butler were married June 14, 1950 at Gainesville, Texas. The parents of two sons, Ricky Lynn and Larry Gene, the family lived for a period in the 1950s in California and during the 1960s in Bethany, Okla., before returning to Ardmore.
A longtime member of the Southwest Baptist Church, Louise had generously given of her time and assisted the Greater Southwest Historical Museum with their Genealogy Library. Early in her life Louise enjoyed skating at the local roller rink and had clerked at the Duke & Ayers 5 & 10 in downtown Ardmore. Later she worked at Ardmore High School Snack Bar. She enjoyed gardening and spending time in her yard and was known for her “green thumb”.  
Following a time of failing health, Louise passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at the local hospital in Ardmore at the age of eighty six years, three months and five days. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, Jan. 18, 2003; and her brothers, Pete and Jay Denison.  
Louise is survived by a loving family that includes her two sons, Ricky Lynn Butler and his wife, Connie and Larry Gene Butler and his wife, Marsha; her grandchildren, Jesse Wade Butler and his wife, Julie, James Butler, Erick Butler and Annie Podkowsky and her husband, Neil; also her great-grandchildren, Lily, Miles, Paige and Connor; a brother, Charlie Denison and sisters, Wilma Parnell and her husband, Willie, Laquita Salthouse and her husband, Bill; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Bruce Kirby, pastor of Southwest Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Crinerville Cemetery, with the assistance of Dennis Clark, Mark Denison, Randy Webb, Hunter Webb, Jesse Butler and James Butler serving as pallbearers.
The family requests that in lieu of floral tributes that memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimer’s Group at Southwest Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.
Condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.