A Memorial and DAR Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony was held on October 6 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem to honor Lou Ellen Torbit Ziske, a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) who died June 6. The ceremony was conducted by Regent Patricia Hale and Chaplain Jennifer Huff of the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR of Rolla.
Lou Ziske was a member of the Fort Bowyer Chapter, NSDAR located in Foley, Baldwin County, Ala., having joined DAR in December 1995 on her revolutionary ancestor George Waller of Virginia. She was proud of her ancestry and the role her ancestors played in gaining freedom for our country. The bronze DAR plague dedicated to Mrs. Ziske is a symbol of her service to the National Society and also so that future generations will recognize Mrs. Ziske’s lineage and whose ancestor aided in the cause for our country’s independence.
Fifteen family members attended the ceremony which included Mrs. Ziske’s daughter Sarah Swindell and husband James, son Philip Ziske and wife Melanie, all of Salem; brother Charles Torbit and wife Ruth Ann of Highland, Ill.; sisters, Sue McDonald and husband Eldon, Magnolia Springs, Ala., and Sarah Clark and husband Montie of Foley Ala., and several grand-children. Other attendees included Noah Coleman Chapter DAR members Judy Allen, Janet Bowles, Fran Erickson and Linda Mondy; the Liberty Landing Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) members Gabrielle Hale and Arissa Huff who served as flag bearers; and Eldon McDonald of the Ozarks Patriots Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
Lou Ziske was the daughter of Rex and Alma (Carty) Torbit, born March 4, 1933. She was a 1950 graduate from Salem High School and attended college at Jefferson City Junior College and later taught school in Salem at the West End and R-3 Schools. She was an avid bridge player and antique collector and instrumental in the establishment of the Dent County Museum.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.