Louise J. Elderkin-Couture

Date of Passing:

October 6, 2018

Louise J. Elderkin-Couture (Coelho), 93, of Pawtucket Avenue, Riverside, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the former wife of Edwin “Eagle Hawk” H. Elderkin and Robert Couture.

She was born in East Providence, Rhode Island on March 17, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Eugenia (Lopes) Coelho.

During WWII Louise was employed by Imperial Knife and later went on to work for Coro’s and Davol until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church for over 50 years.

Louise was an advocate for healthy eating and physical fitness. She enjoyed dancing, singing, cooking, eating and doing crafts. She loved life and people and her greatest joy was to share her religious convictions. She was an Evangelist for her Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who knew her, knew she would take the mic to testify about her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by three daughters, Priscilla L. Elderkin-Lee of East Providence, Rhode Island, Roberta J. Elderkin-Santucci and her husband Robert of West Warwick, Rhode Island, Denise M. Elderkin-Pion of Port Charlotte, Florida; a son, Gary L. Elderkin of Bristol, Rhode Island; ten grandchildren, Sherri A. Lee, Louise M. Mowinckel, Harvey E. Lee, Jr., James D. Lee, Jason T. Lee, Robin A. Williams-Barros, Renee L. Smith, Tammy M. Lee, Gina L. Fisher-Cook and Joshua J. Elderkin; twenty-three great grandchildren, Edward W. Mowinckel, Benjamin A. Mowinckel, Taylor L. Lee, Teri A. Lee, Harvey E. Lee, III, Alexander B. Lee, Zachary G. Lee, Jason T. Johnson, Dana P. Johnson, Jayla A. Gadson, Mya L. Gadson, Chase A. Barros, Cameron R. Barros, Tristan C. Barros, Brandon A. Smith, Chad A. Smith, Michael A. Smith, Cherish M. Smith, Carl J. Lee, Richard W. Fisher, Bruce J. Fisher-Messier, Josiah J. Cook and Elijah J.B. W. Cook; two great-great grandchildren, Gabriel J. Lecuive and Shaniyah A. Fisher; a son-in-law, Harvey E. Lee, Sr. and a host of relatives.

She was the mother of the late Edwin “Eddie” H. Elderkin; the grandmother of the late Dana M. Lee; sister of the late John Coelho, Anthony J. Coelho, Peter J. Coelho; Joaquin Coelho; Benjamin J. Coelho; Lena Coelho, Alice J. Ferrier and Mary Senteio.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, October 12th at 11:30 a.m. in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Calling hours are Friday from 10-11:30 a.m.

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  1. I’m so sorry this is so late, I literally found out about Louise’s passing tonight: I was away in October when she passed. I knew Louise for quite a few years, and rarely saw her without a smile. Every time I left her, she’d say “come over here and give me a hug”, which of course I always did. Such a sweet lady- my condolences to her family, and my sincere apologies, if I knew, I would have been at her services. I’m so sorry I wasn’t there. I’ll miss her.

  2. As always I was away travelling. Forgive my absence. Keep the memory alive and it will always bring those we lose back to life. The longer we go back, the younger they get. The present is an aging process and old age is part of that. So use the memory to keep things alive and fresh, so that it blends into the present and in that way things seem to stand still.

  3. My condolences my special Aunt who always smiling from ear to ear. I always refered to you as The Black Golden Girl ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I’m glad you lived your laugh happy and chipper all the way to the end.

  4. So sorry…may she rest in peace.

  5. My sincere heartfelt sympathy to Roberta-Elderkin Santucci and the entire Elderkin & Couture family. The few times that I was in your mom’s presence, I felt sincere love for people and the Lord. Her smile was penetrating. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you all in knowing that your love one has been received in the welcoming arms of her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. May the peace of God keep you all during this time of sorrow.

  6. My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Louise Elderkin. Praying for comfort.

  7. Lovely lady?RIP

  8. My condolences to Elderkin-Couture families. Aunt Louise you were always happy and smiling and that memory will always be with me. I’m so happy to have spent some time with you recently. I hope you were greeted with open arms of our heavenly father. Your faith has always been part of you. I love you and will miss your beautiful smile! Till we meet again❤❤❤

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