Louise Marie Weiler Kiteley was born April 1st, 1936, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to Thelma Bridges Weiler and John E. Weiler. She would be the only girl of four siblings (brothers John, Jim, and Wade), which early on inclined her to become a tough tomboy. She always loved to be outdoors, whether pretending to feed chickens in an imagined farm life or running messages to the “front” when playing U.S. Army soldiers with the boys while their father was serving overseas during WWII. The family moved to Austin, Texas, where Louise attended school and enjoyed being a Girl Scout and later (in Colorado) a counselor for Girl Scout summer camps. Her education culminated in a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin, a true pioneer in her field as one of very few female geologists. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Sedimentology from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where later she would go on to complete a Professional Master’s Degree in Petroleum Reservoir Systems, just short of her intended PHD, in 2016! For many years Louise worked for the US Geological Survey in Lakewood, Colorado, and later as a Consulting Geologist for various oil companies, as well as founding two companies: Tree Top Homes and English Leathers Saddlery. In her personal life, she met John (“Skip”) Kiteley after moving to Colorado from Texas. They were married in 1964 and traveled to Austria to teach skiing. They had two daughters, Janette (Jennie) MacDonald of Denver, and Karin (Pip) Kiteley of Ashland, Oregon. Following divorce when they were still babies, Louise raised her girls (throughout their upbringing, they saw themselves as “The Three Musketeers”), along with Oliver, a miniature, but brave, poodle. She was an avid horse-lover, owning two horses in her adult life: Smoky and Basalt, the latter was like her third child, being her companion for 29 wonderful years. After several years working in Casper and Sheridan, Wyoming, she returned to the Colorado front range to continue well-site consulting, and riding (3-day eventing) her beloved Basalt. Living in rural Longmont, she was also finally able to have real chickens, satisfying her childhood daydreams. In those years, she also became a grandmother to Karin’s two children: Liam and Natalia.
Louise’s love for nature and the outdoors, her passion for geology, and her innate optimism sustained her all her life and continue to inspire her family and friends.