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Louise Flood Smith

OrigamiAunt Louise we always called her. Why Aunt Louise but not Uncle Gilbert, who was her husband? Maybe it was because she had a winsome way about her, so that we felt she was very much our Aunty. She was quiet and gentle as the Floods all were. They were listeners, often not commenting at all other than with a smile, a look away, or making a transition and changing the moment off and again to something else.

Gilbert was the strong handsome business man and Aunt Louise was the soft spoken, genteel, lover of children. She had no children of her own other than the niece who was adopted as a teen age when her own Mother died. This was Louise's brother Paul's girl, Helen. We never met Helen. The last thing we heard of her was that she lived out of New York City.

Louise, after two years of college and study in drama was working toward becoming an actress. She was traveling, performing in stage shows when she met Gilbert and married him. These Floods have an incredible ability to memorize and I'm sure if she did go on with the acting she would have been successful.

At the year of 1958 she offered my husband and I schooling in Havana, Cuba where they lived. It was a wonderful dream but the political circumstances to come about stopped this from happening. To have lived in Cuba studying the Spanish language was a lost vision.

OrigamiGilbert Smith's father was an owner of a shipping line going to Cuba. Gilbert worked for his father and had an interest in that business.

They left their beautiful home and all their possessions in the middle of the night, thankful to have their lives and two suitcases of clothing. Gilbert became a consultant to business men. His command of the Spanish language made him able to do well with this. He also worked with The United Nations. Louise's husband Gilbert was well liked by the family. He was well bred and came from a wealthy background. He did not make anyone feel uncomfortable when he was with them. He liked people. Together, Louise and Gilbert were a perfect couple. The last time I saw Gilbert he was sitting at the table doing origami for the children.

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