Louise Shirley Stock Stein, 94, of 3126 Cedartown Hwy, formerly of 500 E. 11th St., Rome, Ga., passed away early Tuesday morning, April 10, 2018, at Floyd Medical Center after an acute illness.

Mrs. Stein was born in Rome on Nov. 11, 1923, the daughter of Casper Isadore Stock and Sara Esserman Stock. She attended the University of Georgia, was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and received her degree in journalism. She lived in New York City with a dear friend before marrying and moving to Chicago while her husband, Dr. Murray Stein, attended Northwestern University Dental School. After growing up and working in her father’s store on Broad Street, the Boston Store, she took her retail experience and landed a job at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. It was in Chicago that she began learning about and developing her natural talents for cooking and entertaining.

Her love of retail, reading and writing, as well as her love of dancing, stayed with her throughout her life. She fondly recalled her days of dancing during high school basketball games, recitals at the Rome City Auditorium, and especially her days at UGA, where she and one of her favorite dance partners won the Freshman Jitterbug Dance Contest.

Mrs. Stein was a lifetime member of Rodeph Sholom Congregation, the Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood and Hadassah. She enjoyed many activities and followed her interests, including gardening and being a member of the garden club, playing bridge, traveling, entertaining and homemaking. But most of all, she will be remembered for her genuinely sweet nature, enduring smile and charming Southern hospitality.

Mrs. Stein was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Murray Stein, originally from Savannah, to whom she was married Sept. 5, 1948; daughter Ann Ryna Stein Friedman; one brother, Joseph David Stock; and her parents, Casper and Sarah Stock.

She is survived by two daughters, Jacquelyn Stein Greenstein and her husband, Lorin, of Peachtree Corners, and Shelly Stein Peller and her husband, Jeffrey, of Rome; a son-in-law, Freddy Freidman, and his wife, Marsha, of Sharpsburg; four grandchildren, Alyson Pauline Greenstein and Erin Elizabeth Greenstein, both of Alpharetta, Adam Colemen Peller of Asheville, N.C., and Rachel Elyse Peller of Atlanta; a sister, Katherine “Kitty” Stock Jacobs of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Sheila Baxter, Sheral Marsh, the staff of the Renaissance Marquis, The Harbor, and many other caring angels who assisted her in recent years.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 12, at the graveside in the Hebrew Cemetery of Mount Aventine with Rabbi Judith Beiner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rodeph Sholom Congregation, PO Box 425, Rome, GA 30162-0425, or to the charity of one’s own choosing.