Mary Louise Loucks, 93, of Helena, Mont., died at St. Peter's Hospital Jan. 1, 2013. Born in Sharon, Kansas, June 11, 1919, she was the first child of John Edmund White and Daisy Margaret Allphin White. The family moved to a farm nine miles south of Pratt, Kansas where Mary Louise grew up with her two brothers, Donald born in 1921, and Howard born in 1924. Donald died in 1935 and Howard presently lives in Pratt.

She entered Southwestern College at Winfield, Kansas with the goal of becoming a physical education teacher. After completing three years she transferred to Colorado College of Education at Greeley, Colo. In June of 1941 she graduated with a major in health and physical education and teaching minors in English and science.

She married Homer V. Loucks married July 3, 1941 at the Methodist parsonage in Denver, Colo.

Their son Brian Homer was born in 1942 followed by son John Donald in 1944 and daughter Rita Marie in 1949.

Mary Louise joined P.E.O while in Malta and was an active member for 50 years. She and Ginnie Lane were instrumental in organizing Helena Chapter BK in 1982. A charter member of BK, she served as its first president. From the beginning P.E.O. was important to her.

Mary Louise was preceded in death by her parents, John and Daisy White; her brother Donald and her husband Homer.

She is survived by her brother Howard White of Pratt; son Brian and Patricia Loucks of Great Falls, Mont., son John of Lincoln, Mont., and daughter Rita and Rod Boyer of Helena. Mary Louise is also survived by grandchildren Brian Lance (Julie) Loucks of Missoula, Mont., B.J. Loucks of Great Falls, Suzie Boyer (Brent) Poppe of Belgrade, Mont., and David (Jo McMullen) Boyer of Saint Cloud, Minn. Her great grandchildren are John David Poppe, Scott Morgan Poppe and Fiora Louise Boyer.

Funeral service was held at Anderson Steven Wilke Funeral Home 3750 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT 59602 with burial at Forestvale Cemetery following the funeral service.

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