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Louise M. "Weese" Hollis

June 21, 1933 — June 21, 2024

Louise Mary Baker McDonald Hollis, 91, of North Jackson, died peacefully in her sleep late Friday evening June 21st, her 91st birthday, surrounded by her family at the Crandall Medical Center in Sebring. 

"Weese" as she was affectionately known was born June 21, 1933 in Duquesne, PA, a daughter of John and Mary (Gidick) Baker.

She failed kindergarten for speaking only Russian and moved straight to third grade once she learned English. As a young girl she stood in front of the Duquesne steel plant taking numbers from the workers for a local bookie because she knew numbers in all of the languages except Greek.

As a young adult she relocated to the Youngstown area and became a married mother of six and worked as a key puncher, bookkeeper, and payroll controller for Ray McCune Company, Fox Industries, Pepsi Cola, before retiring from U.S. Extrusion. Weese was known for her beautiful penmanship which could only be achieved by writing left handed, backwards, and upside down. She was an avid couponer and loved keeping up with technology by signing up for internet freebies and contests. She immensely enjoyed winning thousands of dollars in prizes for friends and family by outsmarting the computer systems. Her family will forever miss her cackling laugh and commanding voice that permeated through even the largest of gatherings, but will always be reminded of her by the daily mail delivery of free magazines.

Louise is survived by her five children; Alan (Chris) McDonald, Audrey (Fred) Popp, Mary Lou (Jorge) Alexandres, Ernie (Sandy) McDonld, and George McDonald. She also leaves behind two brothers; David and Jimmy Baker; a sister, Audrey Pavuchak; eight beloved grandchildren; Emily, Hollyann, Gina, Ericka, Nicole, Veronica, Alexandria, and Blake; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Weese was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest McDonald, her second husband, Harold Hollis, her parents, her eldest son, Dale McDonald, three brothers, Johnny, Elmer, and Eugene; and a baby sister, Carolyn Baker.

In accordance with her wishes a 'living funeral' was held last summer where she enjoyed one last party with her friends and loved ones. There will be no further services or calling hours.

Arrangements for Mrs. Hollis are being provided by the Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., Canfield.


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