Former Murphys resident
Lou Allie Heath died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Stockton. She was 102.
She was born Nov. 6, 1910, in Erath County, Texas. She worked as a home economics schoolteacher for 25 years and with her beloved husband of 47 years, Vivian Dromgoole “Drum” Heath, in their real estate and construction business. They built subdivisions in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. She was renowned for her quilting and handcrafts, many of which were publicly displayed. The couple was also keenly interested in genealogy and traveled throughout the United States, England and Scotland pursuing genealogical inquires. Mrs. Heath spent hours documenting her ancestry and corresponding with other genealogists.
Mrs. Heath was a world traveler, having visited more than 135 countries. She enjoyed hosting ethnically themed events inspired by travel. She was a leader in the California Eastern Star’s chapters in Richmond and Murphys. She was also active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Richmond.
Mrs. Heath is survived by her two daughters, Mary Francis Heath and Vivian Heath Hamilton; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date. A burial will take place at the Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.
The family prefers memorial donations be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.