In Loving Memory of Louise Reeder Kemp: 1936-2022 


Louise Reeder Kemp passed into the loving arms of our Lord from Alzheimer’s on March 17, 2022, surrounded by family. Born in Onawa, Iowa in 1936 to parents Roy Reeder and Violet Smith, she grew up in Roy, Washington, a small, close knit community. Taking the hopes and dreams of her childhood, she went on to lead a life filled with love, travel, a rewarding career and passions she developed over her lifetime. 

After graduating from Bethel High School, Louise married and had four children: Nancy, Patty, Diane and Gary. She traveled from Alaska to Europe while raising them in their younger years while married to their father who served in the military. She went on to pursue a lifelong career in fashion retail management in Washington and California. Louise met the love of her life in 1977 and married Leonard Kemp. 

With her children grown, Louise developed an interest in genealogy, tracing her ancestors back to the 1600s. Her true passion, though, was oil painting, which reflected her love for world wide travel. To say she mastered the art of painting beautiful country sides, sea-faring ships, Italian villas, castles, churches, flowers and still life is an understatement, and her paintings will always be treasured immensely by her family. 

Louise was preceded in death by her son Gary Este Jr., and her brothers and sisters Erma Courtney, Joyce Felty, Sonny Reeder, Carol Steinbach, Rich Reeder and Gail McFadden. Louise is survived by her loving husband of 45 years of Santa Rosa, California; her three daughters Nancy Gromo, Patty Kreun, both of Santa Rosa, California, and Diane Barrett of Fresno, California; six grandchildren Ashley, Doug, Brittany, Greg, Melanie and Steven; and five great-grandchildren Olivia, Amari, Imani, Alex and Silas. She will be very loved and missed by her family, nieces, nephews and friends as she treasured each and every one. 

Louise’s love of our Lord, her family and her children reverberated with gentle love and devotion. Her memory will live on with every soft breeze, every blooming flower, and every sweet and smiling child.