Alouise Roberts Brain

Alouise Roberts Brain (1919-2015)

Born on March 30, 1919 in Parsons, Kansas, Alouise, a devoted mother, grandmother and dedicated teacher, died on September, 23, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Alouise earned a BS in Education from K-State in 1941 and a Masters in Education from the University of Kansas in 1978. After having taught high school in Gardner, KS and in Maderno, CA in the 1940’s, Alouise taught 3rd and 4th grade at Sunset Hill Elementary School in Lawrence from 1969 until she retired in 1984. In 1942 she married David Brain (deceased), with whom she had five children, John, Robert (deceased), Allan, Dennis (wife: Kim Vitkus), and Marianne (husband: Robert Dellwood). She is also survived by five grandchildren, Caroline and Julia Brain, Justin Vitkus, and Lindsay and Ethan Dellwood, and her dog “Maria”. She was preceded in death by her only sibling, Jack Boyer Roberts, who served in the US army in France and died in service of his country in January 1945. Alouise was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, and the 1st Presbyterian Church of Lawrence.

A viewing of Alouise and commemoration of her life will be held this Saturday, Sept. 26th, from 5-7 pm at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St. in Lawrence. We invite all of Alouise’s friends, her good acquaintances, her former colleagues and students, and all those who helped her over these past years (thank you!). Online condolences may be left at to commemorate her life. We all give her our love, are grateful for hers, and are grateful for the many years she was with us. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or Lawrence Humane Society or to the Donor’s Choice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


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  1. velvet glass and dorothy carr on September 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Allan, Dennis and MaryAnn,
    Alouise was an unforgettable bundle of humanity and a memorable friend .. you each will certainly miss her presence in your lives. The Fluer de Lis Old Boards, Dorothy and Velvet

  2. Thomas M. Kurata on September 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Brain in this morning’s Lawrence Journal-World newspaper, and I send my deepest condolences and sympathy to Mrs. Brain’s family on the loss of their wonderful mother. I first met Mrs. Brain in 1968 or 1969 when I attended Lawrence High School, and I always will remember her as the nicest and most patient mother of the friends I had at the time. In the decades that followed, Mrs. Brain always made me feel very welcome whenever I visited her either in person or on the phone. She was a beacon of light and encouragement when we shared stories of our respective battles with cancer. She set a great example in how to live as she faced her adversary with grace, uncommon strength, resilience, humor, dignity and, in the end, peace. I learned much about life from Mrs. Brain and will be always grateful for her lessons. Rest in peace, Mrs. Brain.

  3. Barb Young Innes on September 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    My heartfelt sympathy! Allan..I felt reconnected at the LHS ’69 picnic and have so enjoyed your Facebook posts. As a retired school social worker (KCKPS)..I treasure my teachers that made a difference! AND your mom did! And a past member of First Presbyterian Church where I was confirmed and where my mom, Faye Young, still attends..those connections are meaningful. May those special memories of your SUPER MOM help you in the future!

  4. Grace Cooper on September 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I learned to appreciate Alouise as a kind, perceptive, and interesting person (as her back-door neighbor) for these past 17 years. We shared our love for canine companionship. Undoubtedly, Alouise was a born “conservationist.” Her independent nature enabled her to live her life at home in spite of the fact that she was seriously ill these last few years. My condolences to the family.

  5. Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse on October 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Alouise’s passing. I rented a room from her for a little over a year in the early ’90’s, while working on my doctorate at KU. She was such a beautiful, personable, caring lady–so elegant and professional in any situation, and she could converse so intelligently on such a broad range of subjects. Our rental relationship also became a friendship, and even though we have been separated by several states since then, we continued to exchange letters at least a couple of times per year, until I received my last letter from her about a year or so ago (assuming then that she must have become ill). I want to express my deepest sympathy to her family, whom I know will miss her greatly.
    Dr. Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse

  6. Ethel and Peter Debakker on January 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    We were so saddened to hear of Alouise’s passing, yet so happy that we have been able to connect at Roberts family reunions over recent years. We especially were so thrilled that Alouise and Alan joined us here on Cape Cod for what turned out to be a ‘MINI’ reunion. We were able to truly bond, and our lives were enriched from having shared fun and special moments with her. Our loving sympathy for all the family.

    Dennis, so thankful for the video presentation. LOVED IT!!!!!

  7. Buck on July 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Em sua infância você deve ter sido um grande fâ de ScoobyDoo, Salsicha e suas aventuras contra monstros sotrneaburais que no fim de todo capítulo se revelava ser tudo uma farsa e o charlatão ia pra cadeia. os casos apresentados neste site são resolvidos como se fosse pela propia equipe ScoobyDoo com sua posiçâo final premeditado em toda materia.

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