Louisiana Stories

Louise Mace, Slidell

(Nominated by Kathy Lowrey)
North Shore Harbor Center
April 17, 2011

Louise Mace is truly a local hero and a natural choice to represent our community in stitching the flag.  She consistently gives back to help further many charitable causes within the Slidell community, regularly donating to STARC, Easter Seals, Children’s Make a Wish Foundation, the local high schools, the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, United Way, City of Slidell Cultural Arts Department, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Junior Auxiliary, the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Toys for Tots and so many other organizations.  She gives freely of her time, volunteering to fundraise for the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, decorate Christmas trees for the Slidell Police Department and the City of Slidell, St. Luke Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Altar Society and Relay for Life to name only a few.  Louise also is a symbol of strength and survival for our community.  Her business had been open only 20 days before Hurricane Katrina destroyed everything.  Louise recovered, rebuilt and reopened her shop, The Purple Armadillo.  Within the past couple of weeks, Louise suffered a fire that destroyed her shop.  Once again, Louise has vowed to recover and rebuild her business.  She is truly a daily example of strength and giving.