A specific story of Miss Louie’s generosity was told to Jane McPherson by Lucille Eberhart Hancock, who lived with and helped her mother, Ezzie Eberhart, care for Miss Louie during the last years of Louie’s life. According to Lucille (who was 14 years old when Miss Louie died), one day when Miss Louie was sitting on the front porch, a neighborhood woman stopped to visit with her. Miss Louie, who noticed that the woman’s shoes were falling apart, called inside to Ezzie and asked her to fetch her “Sunday shoes” to give to the visitor. According to Lucille, Miss Louie only owned two pairs of shoes and Ezzie protested, “Why not give her the shoes on your feet?” but Miss Louie persisted and gave the woman her best pair of shoes.
Miss Louie was always generous and left few personal possessions when she died in 1939. Miss Louie’s secretary-type desk stayed with the Eberhart’s until they moved from Oak Street and, now graces the foyer of Oconee Methodist Church. Her knitted afghan, was given to Louie by the “charitably-minded ladies,” was left, along with her home, to the Eberhart family who had been her caretakers. The afghan was donated to the University of Georgia by Patsy Arnold, an Eberhart family member, in 2021, and now hangs in the foyer of UGA School of Social Work.