Rollins, Louella Mae (Joppru) (1953-2009)

Austin, Texas – Louella Mae (Joppru) Rollins, 56, died Sunday, November 15, 2009. Loving mother, sister, and devoted friend, Lou spent her life raising her two sons, Bill and Erik, and helping others in need. She will be missed forever and will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Life Center Ministries, which is located at 411 South 40th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Lou was born on October 16, 1953 in Thief River Falls, to Arthur and Evelyn Joppru. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1972 and enlisted in the United States Army. Stationed in Manheim, Germany, she worked as a Administration Specialist with the 42nd MP Customs Group and received an honorable discharge as a Specialist E-4.

She then attended the University of Arkansas and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She was a devoted employee at Southwestern Bell for 20 years before she began selling life insurance as a Sales Representative and then becoming an Area Manager.

She strove hard for success and ultimately broke through the glass ceiling, being promoted to State Manager of Pennsylvania and Ohio, during which time she was the only female state manager in America. She later moved into health insurance sales, starting her own Web site:

She will be especially remembered for her kind, loving heart, always willing to help someone in need and putting the needs of others before her own. She frequently volunteered at non-profit organizations, including the Humane Society, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, and Art After Dark.

She is survived by her mother Evelyn Joppru, brother Sheldon Joppru, sister Shirley Joppru, two sons, Bill Rollins and Erik Rollins. She will also be missed by her yellow Lab, Gabby, and her two big fluffy cats, Brownie and Blackie.

She was preceded in death by her father Arthur Joppru, sister Arlene Joppru, nephew and godson Jason Brandt, and cousin Will Joppru.

Donations on behalf of Lou Rollins can be sent to: Hospice Austin, Attn: Celeste Couch, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759.

[Interred Satersdal cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky