Remembering Louise Baird ShortPosted: June 29, 2016
Louise Short was a gift to the United Methodist Church. Her longevity allowed her to experience and walk alongside her husband, the late Bishop Roy Short, who served the Nashville Area from 1952 – 1964. She lived to be 110.
In one of my first visits with her after becoming the resident bishop of the Nashville Area, I was trying to find a place of common ground with Mrs. Short. I mentioned having met Harry Denman when I was a teenager.
Her face lit up like a lightbulb. She began to reminisce about the many ways their lives had intertwined and impacted the then Methodist Church.
Mrs. Short enjoyed her prominence as the oldest living Bishop’s wife. This often afforded her the opportunity to speak to groups many years after the death of her beloved husband.She had a clear voice and opinion, which she loved to express. She was never shy.
In 2012, the last General Conference Mrs. Short attended, she was invited to address the conference and said, “I’m a relic.”
She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
A funeral service for Louise Short will be at 3 p.m. on next Wednesday, July 6, at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue in Nashville.