LOUISE MARGARET ROY (nee KRAL)
9-10-1930 — 10-23-2017
Louise was born at home in Cleveland, Ohio, to Louis & Tillie Kral. The youngest of three daughters, she was predeceased By Ruth Kral and Marianne Luther.
Louise attended Corlett Elementary and graduated early from John Adams High in 1948. She was a gym captain, drum majorette, and member of the student council and the National Honor Society. During high school she worked part time at the Franklin Ice cream store and also as a secretary at the Schnee Insurance Agency.
Upon graduation she chose a career in insurance rather than college, but attended night classes at Fenn College (now Cleveland State). During the summer season she also worked part time as the cottage rental agent for the owners of Chippewa Lake Amusement Park (then famous, now closed). At age of twenty, she bought her own cottage there, which was enjoyed by her family for many years thereafter.
Louise met her husband Joe at the Aragon Ballroom in Cleveland in July 1953. They married in July 1954 at St. John’s Cathedral in Cleveland and honeymooned in the Adirondacks. They grew their family to four children from 1955 to 1959. Louise was always ready to seek better opportunities and places for the family. Those opportunities took them first to Narcoosee and Sanford, FL then to Rochester, NY; again to Cleveland; then to West Palm Beach, FI; and finally, retirement in Edgewater, FL.
In addition to being a beloved mother of four, Louise was an accomplished swimmer and was for many years a member of the Monaqua Synchronized Swim Club that performed in various exhibitions in Ohio. In Lake Worth FL.
Louise owned and operated the J&L Roy Real Estate & Insurance Agency. She assisted that city in setting up its insurance files and was voted the Womens’ Professional Insurance Agent of The Year. After selling the agency she worked as a part time secretary for Mr. Maurice Franks a well-known business man and author of “Success is a Crime”. Later, she also worked part time as a secretary for Mr. Leonard Davis, founder of Colonial Penn Insurance Company. During those years, Louise volunteered as a hostess at the Kravis Center of The Performing Arts, the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, the Lake Worth Playhouse and The Pope Theater, founded by the widow of Generoso Pope, publisher of The National Enquirer. Louise more recently served on the Board of Director of Edgewater Landings.
Active all of her life, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge, canasta, poker and bocce in her retirement. Every year, until her health finally interfered, the extended family enjoyed diving for lobster in the Keys and family reunions in various locales from the Keys to the Adirondacks.
She leaves behind her husband of 63 years Joe; sons Bryan Roy & life partner Susan Payne, Barry Roy & wife Robin, Bruce Roy and wife Donna, daughter Amy Roy, and dear mother to two of her grandchildren, Jane Cartwright, grandchildren Tyler Roy and wife JP, Kelsey Roy, Joshua Roy, and Lindsey Roy, and great grandson Rykon Roy.
A life fully lived by a kind, joyful, loving, and hard working woman who asked for so little of life and gave so much. Knowing her time was soon, she said she was ready when her Lord wanted her. She left quietly, as she had lived.