Louise Shattuck

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2003

Longtime Juneau resident Louise Shattuck, 89, died on July 14, 2003, in Juneau.

She was born in Seattle on May 28, 1914, to Olive Deseret Reed and LeRoy Dennis Patterson. As a young adult, she attended the University of Washington while working for Frederick and Nelson department store. She began taking flying lessons at Kurtzer Air Service and was later crowned Queen of the Seattle Air Show in 1937. Family members said she was independent and ahead of her time.

A job with Pan American Airways in 1939 brought her to Juneau for what was supposed to be a three-month stint, but she soon met Curt Shattuck, and they were married on Aug. 4, 1940. The couple enjoyed more than 60 years together, and family and friends said their vitality and love was an inspiration.

A proud homemaker, she honed the art of gourmet cooking. Her cooking and travel articles were published in magazines such as "Sunset," "Gourmet," "Bon Appetit" and "Family Circle." Family members said she also had a striking gift for architecture, and she designed the family home in Juneau and the interior of the condominium she later shared with her husband on Douglas Island.

She was a seasoned traveler, who had explored most of the continents. She spent her winters at her home in Hawaii, where she belonged to The Outdoor Circle gardening club. Family members said she was active in scouting and loved to entertain.

She spent her later years at her Juneau home with her longtime caregiver and friend, Sharon McCauley. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and was a devoted mother and grandparent. Family and friends said her sense of humor, beauty and stories will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curt; grandson, Will; and many friends.

She is survived by her sons, Allen (Janice) and Roger (Terry) of Juneau; daughter, Sally Slater of Juneau; and grandchildren, Robert (Alexis) of El Sobrante, Calif., Richard (Kelly) of Juneau and Lynn (Scott) of Portland, Maine.

The family is planning a private memorial. Contributions may be made to The LAM Foundation, the Gastineau Humane Society, or to the charity of choice. The LAM Foundation is a support and research group for women afflicted with LAM, a rare lung disease. Donations should be sent in the name of Sally Slater, to 10105 Beacon Hills Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241.

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