Louise Minor Sinclair, 90, of Charlottesville, Virginia died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2024, surrounded by family and a local minister. Born on May 26, 1933, in Charlottesville, Louise was the oldest child of Charles Venable “Hip” Minor and Louise “Polly” Minetree Minor, with siblings Raleigh Colston Minor and Charles Venable “Ven” Minor, Jr. (both deceased) and Betsy Minor Cobb of Franklin, Virginia.
Louise graduated from Hannah Moore Academy in 1950 before entering Longwood College and then the University of Virginia. In 1954 she married Roderick Sinclair who later became a lawyer and an Episcopal minister. Their life together took them to Richmond, Alexandria, and Arlington as well as 11 years in Auburn, Alabama before returning to Virginia (Blacksburg and then Charlottesville). Louise finished her studies at Auburn University with a bachelor’s and then a Master of Social Work degree. She worked as a teacher at the Auburn Head Start and in Virginia as a family therapist. Her life’s work was inspiring people in their own healing, and she leaves behind a devoted following of friends who were touched by her. Her spiritual home is St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She later served on the vestry and as a Stephen Minister and founded a women’s bible study group.
Louise is survived by sons Thomas Doig Sinclair and his wife, Sandy living in Fairhope, Alabama; Charles Venable Minor Sinclair and his wife, Martha Thompson living in Boston; and John “Colt” Colston Sinclair living in Lake Monticello as well as grandsons Brandon and his wife, Marlena; Jordan and his wife Danielle; Barret and his wife Cailey; Alex and Liam as well as great-grandsons, Parker, Carter and Rhett as well as nieces, nephews and godchildren. Special thanks to Delores Jackson, her caretaker and friend, and for the care and friendship of the people of Westminster Canterbury.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville with reception following.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, 1207 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
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