Louise Elrod Obituary (1932-2021) – Greensboro, NC

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Louise Speaks Elrod, 89, of Greensboro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the AuthoraCare Hospice Home in Burlington, NC. She was the wife of the late George Hildt and the late George Elrod.

She was born on April 21, 1932 in West Jefferson, NC, to the late Robert Lee Speaks and the late Susie Severt Speaks. She graduated from West Jefferson High School and then pursued a telecommunications career with Centel / Sprint. She retired after almost 38 years of service after working her way up from operator to deputy managing director. As someone who loved helping people and had a strong work ethic, Louise made a second career at Belk. She worked as a top salesperson in many departments for 25 years, her time as a bridal advisor being a place where her skills were shared with people from all walks of life. Although her work resulted in her living in multiple locations, Louise made a point of becoming a loyal member of a church wherever she lived and supported her projects in every possible way. When she died, she was a member of the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Greensboro.

Louise’s love for life was expressed in her many travels and in her ability to make even small events seem like a special celebration. She was a master at organizing parties and had the way of making everyone who attended feel special. She has been a mother figure and cheerleader to so many family members and friends who will miss her wonderful sense of humor, straightforward honesty, and compassionate care. Louise was also a devoted mother to her poodle Lulu, her schnauzer Schautzia, and her dachshund Miss Daisy.

In addition to her parents and husbands, her brothers Edward Speaks, JR Speaks and Richard Speaks and her sisters Laura Ashley, Ruth Dugas and Ruby Matthews precede her in death.

Louise leaves behind her sister Lois Poteat and husband Jim from Salisbury and sister-in-law Linda Speaks of Mooresville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews who have been blessed by Louise’s loyal love and encouragement, as well as so many friends whose lives she has touched.

The family would like to thank all the health care workers and staff at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital ED and 3 East Cardiac Unit and AuthoraCare Hospice Home in Burlington who have used their skills to make Louise as comfortable as possible and who pour their love on all of us.

To help others, Louise donated her body to medical research. There will be no memorial service, but there will be a funeral service in West Jefferson at a later date. Monuments can be erected at Good Samaritan Ministries of Stokesdale, Inc., c / o Terri Johnson, 7769 NC Hwy. 68N, Stokesdale, NC 27357, or to the SPCA of the Triad, 3163 Hines Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27405.

Hanes Lineberry N. Elm Chapel supports the Elrod family.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on December 22, 2021.

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