Mary Louise Davison Loeser

Former Durango resident Mary Louise (Davison) Loeser died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Albuquerque. She was two weeks shy of her 75th birthday.

Mrs. Loeser was born to Lawrence Lee and Mary Margaret Tuffly Davison on Sept. 24, 1937, in Houston.

In June 1958, she married Dr. Louis Loeser in Houston. She was a devoted wife and homemaker, her family said.

The Loesers left Houston in 1989 to move to Mrs. Loeser’s dream home overlooking the mountains in Durango. The couple were very active in Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, serving as the group’s leaders for several years.

While in Durango, she also took a number of classes at Fort Lewis College.

Mrs. Loeser retired to Albuquerque in 2011.

Throughout her life, she struggled with health issues.

“Mary was a passionate seeker of universal and spiritual truths,” her family said. “She was a silent warrior and challenger of traditional perspectives in pursuit of a loving, accepting and peaceful world. Her children are proud of her journey and the ultimate courage to fight for her rights to the very end, on her own terms.”

Mrs. Loeser was preceded in death by her husband of almost 41 years, Dr. Louis Loeser, in 1999.

She is survived by her sons Robert Loeser of Albuquerque, David Loeser of Houston and Bart Loeser of Austin, Texas; sisters Barbara Oertling of Lafayette, La., and Patricia Holder of San Antonio; and five grandchildren.

Her ashes will be buried alongside her husband’s at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. For more information regarding her Houston memorial service to be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, contact her son Bart Loeser at