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Louise C. Bruhn Lovell dies at 81

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Louise C Bruhn Lovell, 81, formerly of Chesterton and Dalhart, Texas, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 in Austin, Texas.

She was born June 10, 1926 in Gary to Swedish immigrants Dan and Selma Bruhn, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Aug. 9, 1944, she married Jack Lovell, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by their children, Craig (wife Terry) of Austin, Texas, Kevin (wife Marika) of San Antonio, Texas and Mark (wife Gail) of Cheyenne, Okla. and three grandchildren.

She is survived locally by a sister, Alyce Scott; nieces, Mary Ann (Ron) Paul; Eva (Hugh) Hopkins and Dan Bruhn.

She was also preceded in death by a sister Florence Spangle; brothers, Eugene Bruhn of Chesterton and Rev. Irving Bruhn of Batavia, IL.

The family moved to Chesterton in 1934. She graduated from CHS in 1944. Louise was working at Walgreen's on State Street in Chicago shortly after her high school graduation when she met her husband Coast Guardsman Jack Lovell there, who was staying at a hotel across the street. They eloped on Aug 9, 1944 to New York City after two dates.

After the war, Jack and Louise moved to Jack's hometown of Dalhart,Texas. Jack went to work for Rogers Chevrolet and later owned and operated Lovell Chevrolet from 1957 to 1975.

She served the community in numerous volunteer activities including as a Cub Scout den mother, a candy striper at Coon Memorial Home and started the drive to form the Dalhart High School golf team. She and Jack were active members of the Central United Methodist Church in Dalhart. In 1975 they moved to Amarillo. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1994. Jack died three months later after having had cancer for 13 years. Louise then moved to Austin, Texas.

Graveside services were held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart.


Posted 8/30/2007