Louise and Tim, together again


Photo: Following a story in the Courier-Post in 2009, Louise Timbrook was so please that she brought the newspaper staff a ham. We cooked it and had a company-wide carry-in. I'll never forget her kindness and generosity. A few years later, when Jack Whitaker, publisher, announced his retirement, she and her daughter came to the newspaper and told me, "I've been praying you'll get the job." Now remember that a publisher is responsible for the budget, and an editor is responsible for words - or newspaper content. I've always joked that they didn't let me handle money or sharp objects! So my response to Louise was: "Please don't pray for me to get the publisher job." I never would want that responsibility. We laughed and laughed.

Now, on to the intent of this blog:

The morning newspaper on Christmas Eve, 2014, brings news of the death of Tim Timbrook of Hannibal. The 99-year-old is now at rest along with his wife of 74 years, Louise, who died earlier this year.

Friends of mine ever since I started work at the Courier-Post some 39 years ago, we had fairly regular chats over the years. My favorite story goes something like this (as published in the March 28, 2009 edition of the Courier-Post.)

Louise used to walk to her job in the office at the White Star Laundry. Everyday Tim would drive past on his way to work at the post office. One day he stopped to pick her up, offering her a ride.

He continued picking her up every day for the next four months. Finally, he asked her for a date.

Their first date was a football game. Louise was surprised he asked her out. She says they, "got along great." As a couple they used to go to St. Louis for hockey games, and the icecapades. They also liked to take walks. Now they participate in church activities. They were married on Easter Sunday and on their one-year wedding anniversary they bought their first house, where they continued to live until their deaths. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. (Tim) Timbrook of Hannibal will celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 9, 2009. Louise V. Canote and W.C. (Tim) Timbrook were united in marriage on April 9, 1939, at Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal. The Rev. J.V. Carlisle officiated. Attendants were Virginia C. Tillitt of Hannibal, sister of the bride; and Allan Purdy of Columbia, cousin of the bridegroom. Mrs. Timbrook is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Canote. Mr. Timbrook is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tony Timbrook . They are the parents of two children, Jovanna Sue Timbrook of the home and the late Kenneth C. Timbrook . Mr. Timbrook retired from the Hannibal Post Office as a letter carrier, after 42 years of service.

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