It is with heavy hearts we report the death of Louise Leask Meade. She passed unexpectedly on October 1, 2019 surrounded by family. She was 85 years young. Louise was a child of the West, born in Santa Cruz, California on June 20, 1934. She grew up on a ranch near Waterford, California with her brother Robin, raised by her devoted parents Bob and Isabel Leask. After graduating from Stanford University in 1955 with a degree in Political Science, she moved to Washington, D.C. There she met her beloved husband, Tom, and they enjoyed 57 years together before his death in 2014. Louise lived in the Waynewood community outside Alexandria, Virginia for over 40 years where she and Tom raised four sons: Tom (Mary), Jimmy (Nancy), David (deceased), and Michael (Mary Beth). Their sons in turn blessed them with eight grandchildren: Justin, Sarah (Mike), Woody, Tressa, Patrick, Sarah, Isaiah, and George, one great grandson, Michael, and one future grandson, Jaxon. Louise is also survived by her brother, Robin (Betty). She was active in the community with the League of Women Voters, the Fairfax County Library Board, the American Association of University Women and Good Shepherd Housing. Louise loved politics, community events, a family meal, holidays, travel, reading, playing bridge, cooking, her family, a good cocktail and so much more. She was a mentor to many, a friend to all. Her passing leaves a void in our hearts, but we take solace knowing she lived a fulfilling life that touched many. She is at peace, loved by family and friends like no other. Funeral services have yet to be formalized, but we expect to celebrate her life in early January.