Louise Roebuck Vanderford passed away on April 1, 2013, at her residence at Tore’s Home, Brevard, NC. Born in Halifax County, NC, on March 26, 1918, she just celebrated her 95th birthday. Her beloved husband, Euris “Vandy” R. Vanderford, predeceased her after 43 years of marriage, in 1988.
She is survived by her four children, Carol Vanderford of Gainesville, FL; Jean Young and husband, Ron Young , of Apex, NC; Vicky Pratt and husband, Michael Pratt, of Brevard, NC; and Vandy Vanderford and wife, Heidrun Vanderford, of Atlanta, GA.
She is also survived by six grandchildren, Brian Young, Sarah Walas, Crystal Vanderford, Amanda Pratt, Allen Pratt, and Aaron Pratt. In addition, she is survived by five great grandchildren.
Louise and her family moved to Raleigh in 1954, where she was active in Hillyer Memorial Christian Church for more than fifty years. She was a Deaconess there, and helped found the Sarah Bible Study Group, which continues today. She and her husband initiated the tradition of “Thanksgiving Breakfast “at Hillyer, and the family has continued that celebration at First United Methodist Church in Brevard for more than twenty years.
Louise was a stay at home mom until her oldest child graduated from high school. She then started working at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and became Head Cashier there, retiring after sixteen years. She was a voracious reader, a Bible scholar, a fierce Scrabble competitor, and a dependable friend and confidant.
In 1999, Louise moved to Brevard, where she became an associate member of First United Methodist Church. She resided at College Walk Retirement Community for 13 years, and at Tore’s home for the last year.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church, Brevard, NC. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, N.C. In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorials to be made to the Weekday Children’s Program at First United Methodist Church, 325 North Broad Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
The family wishes to thank Louise’s special caregivers from both Tore’s Home and Transylvania Regional Hospital Hospice. Moody Connolly Funeral Home, Brevard, NC, is assisting the family.