Birdie Louise (Keesler) Erickson, the daughter of Sterling Allison and Izola Vivian (Findley) Jenkins, was born July 23, 1938, in Corning, Iowa. Louise entered eternal rest on March 3, 2016, at Corning Specialty Care, in Corning, Iowa, at the age of seventy-seven years, seven months, and nine days.
Louise graduated from Nodaway High School with the class of 1957. She was united in marriage to Dean Keesler on January 12, 1958. They moved to a farm north of Prescott, where they made their home. Two sons were born to bless this union: Ricki Dean Keesler and William Dean Keesler. In 1970, Louise worked as an Activity Helper at Colonial Manor in Corning. She obtained her nurse’s aide training and then worked as an aide at Colonial Manor and Rosary Hospital in Corning, as well as the Lenox Nursing Home. The family moved to Corning in 1974, where they operated the Corning Cab for the public and the National Farmers Organization. They later divorced.
Louise married Ron Richie on February 12, 1978. They moved to Marshalltown and eventually Indianola, where they managed a large apartment complex. They returned to Villisca, Iowa, in 1985, with Louise working at the Sutphen and Beaty Funeral Home. They later divorced. Louise began work at CDS in Red Oak, Iowa, in 1988.
Louise moved to the Villisca Good Samaritan Society in December of 2003. She married Merrill “Red” Erickson” in 2005. Red passed away in 2007. Louise moved to Corning Nursing and Rehab in 2010. Louise had many hobbies and interests during her lifetime. She loved quilting, cooking, and helping other people. She especially enjoyed her visits with friends and neighbors, sharing in the news of the day. She will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish Louise’s memory are her sons: Ricki Keesler, Washington; William “Bill”
(Roxanne) Keesler, Des Moines, Iowa; grandson: Ryan Conard (significant other Sue Pesce) Des Moines, Iowa; eleven great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Louise in death were her parents; husband: Merrill “Red” Erickson; husband: Dean Keesler; two brothers: Raymond and Paul; granddaughter: Pearl Conard; grandson: Bert Conard.