September 24, 1954
August 8, 2017
Our beautiful mom died on Tuesday, August 8th, at 5:30 am. She was diagnosed with late-stage rectal cancer June 8, 2016 (only given 7 days to live, at that point), so these last 14 months have been a gift and a true miracle. She had a peaceful exit from this world and died at home surrounded by family. She is survived by her twin daughters, Rosia Parrish of Louisville, CO, Morgen Villegas (age 35) of Westminster, CO, Joe Conrad, the love of her life, one grandson and another one for to be born in January 2018. She is also survived by her mother, a sister, and a brother.
Our mom was an incredible person, who was an accomplished and awarded attorney, author, actress with a long history of plays, films, movies, and commercials, and she also was a lifelong Mensa member for her brilliance. She was a wonderful mother who taught us ( her 35-year-old twin daughters) how to live with integrity, follow our calling (because she truly followed hers!), be honest, and to how to live autonomously and independently. She also informed our upbringing by encouraging us to participate in the arts and travel.
She was avidly involved in political causes and loved campaigning and fighting for what she believed in. Most recently she served as the secretary for the Colorado Democratic Party. She also fought strong and hard for women’s rights and reproductive freedom for all of her adult life.
Our mom had amazing character–she was disciplined in her work and creative endeavors, she had curiosity, playfulness, and joy, that most adults outgrow, and she had no time for superficiality, image management, or materialism. She, herself, was also extremely creative with her style, her way of being, her own artwork, and she danced and sang our entire life. She would us up most mornings by singing, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning…” — we have a song for every occasion because of the years upon years of singing in our house.
Our mom also loved Colorado and the Rocky Mountains– she moved out here from Brooklyn, New York, in the 1970s with a dream of riding horses in the Wild West, and what kept her out here was the constant ability to bask in the Colorado sunshine, the vast landscapes, beautiful night skies, her numerous friends, and she absolutely loved swimming in hot springs.
We are grateful for this past year. There was the birth of her first grandson and the anticipation of another due in January. Louise’s cancer progression was reversed for many months, but cancer is cunning. We are currently sad about the outcome, but grateful for the time spent with her this past year– there was a lot of growth, healing, forgiveness, gratitude, presence, and laughter. She is already so greatly missed.