Louise E Barcus
(1940 - 2009)

Louise E Barcus

November 30, 1940

January 24, 2009

It is with great sadness I must announce the passing of our dear Louise.

Louise E. Barcus (née Welenken), 68 of Morro Bay passed away peacefully at her home January 24, 2009 following a courageous battle with Cancer.

The second of three children, Louise was born November 30th 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor of Science degree. Louise was an Occupational Therapist par excellence, spending 32 years in Southern California working with California Children's Services. Following her husband's (Don Barcus) death in 1996 in Fresno, CA, she would meet Phyllis Borgardt, with whom she became a lifelong friend and business partner. They shared a home in Morro Bay.

In 2005, despite her recent Cancer diagnosis, Louise and Phyllis opened Mobility Therapy in Grover Beach. Louise was able to utilize her many years experience as a therapist to expertly fit custom wheelchairs and power wheelchairs to seniors in the communities of both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. In November, 2007, she achieved the industry coveted RENSA® Assistive Technology Professional certification. By generously sharing her knowledge, Mobility Therapy will prove to be her enduring occupational legacy.

For all the success of her work, Louise may however be best remembered for how she chose to live. Be it mountain climbing in the Sierra's or skiing the back woods of Yellowstone, her zest for life was indomitable. She seized each day with warmth, great patience, humor, and most of all her boisterous, infectious, incomparable laugh. Even in the throes of her fight, she would smile broadly through the pain with assurance and love. With ease she would light up a room when she entered, often to a chorus of voices heralding her arrival.

Though now it is the voices of heaven that have called her home, undoubtedly welcoming her with a hearty, "LOUISE!" she nonetheless leaves behind many who loved and adored her; among whom are brothers Arthur and Martin Welenken and their wives Penney and Alice; nephew Eric Welenken and wife Rhonda; niece Nikki Russman and husband Michael; stepson Eric Barcus; stepdaughters Mairi Bonn, and Jane Van de Vaarst; many great nephews and nieces; and Louise's adopted family, Tricia Borgardt and Gary Chambers of Grover Beach; Dr. Philip Borgardt of San Luis Obispo; and Sandra Silva of St. Peters Mo.; and her best friend, Phyllis Borgardt.

A private memorial service to honor this great lady will be held February 1st at one o'clock at the home of Phyllis Borgardt.

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