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Louise (McIlhaney) Amunson

November 20, 1931 — December 8, 2020

Lorena, Texas

Elva “Louise” Amunson of Lorena, passed away on December 8, 2020 at Westview Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her loved ones. A visitation will be 4-6 pm, Sunday December 13, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, 8220 Woodway Dr.   with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating. Wearing a mask and social distancing will be required at the funeral home. Graveside services and interment will be 11:00 A.M. Monday Dec. 14, 2020, at Waco Memorial Park with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating.

Louise was born November 20, 1931, in the South Bosque Community of McLennan County, Texas to the late Guy Weldon McIlhaney and Vela Jewell Odell McIlhaney. Growing up in Central Texas, she enjoyed her family life, outdoor activities, antiques, gardening, and had a great love of animals. She participated in sports and graduated Lorena High School in 1949.

Upon graduation, she was employed by American Amicable Life Insurance until she and her husband started their own family business of approximately 20 years, Midway Garden Center where she enjoyed working with plants and helping people. After her husband’s passing, she was employed by M&M Mars and then Empire Seed in Waco. She was a devout member of the First Baptist Church in Hewitt, Texas.

She was preceded in death by:  her husband, Clayton “Burl” Amunson;  Brother “GW” McIlhaney Jr.; Father Guy Weldon McIlhaney Sr.; Mother Vela Jewell Odell McIlhaney; Brother-In-Law Howard “Cy” Downey.

Survivors include Daughter Priscilla Amunson Dowell & Husband Shayne, Daughter Lena King & Husband Travis; Son John Amunson; Grandsons Tyler & Sean Dowell; Sister Betty Maley & Husband Bill; Sister Norma Downey; Sister-In-Law Joyce McIlhaney; Nieces and Nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Tyler & Sean Dowell.

For those desiring, the family has suggested the American Cancer Society, for memorial contributions.

The guest book is offered at Through this site you are encouraged to leave your condolences or a fond memory about Louise.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Grace Gardens Funeral Home & Crematorium

8220 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712

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Monday, December 14, 2020

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