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Obituary: Eloise Cooley

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Eloise M. (Rhein) Cooley slipped the bonds of Earth and flew to heaven on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Peace Hospice.

At her request no services are planned. Cremation is in the care of O’Connor Funeral Home.

Eloise was born April 8, 1923 in Great Falls, MT, to Albert and Clara (Juhl) Rhein. As much as she would have liked to, she never left.

She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1941 and went to work for an insurance company.

With her three friends Dot, Ginny, and Dow, she went to all of the USO dances. As was their tradition, they each put dibs on the man they wanted.

When Mom saw Dad’s curly brown hair (the Irish genes overcame the Cherokee!), she said “That one’s for me!”

They were married October 22, 1944 at a Baptist church in Benton County, TN.

Because Benton County was, and still is, a dry county, everyone who got married went across the river into the neighboring county which was not dry. She said she and our father were the only couple married in that church.

When Dad came back from WWII she had her bags packed and ready to move to TN. “Oh no” he said. “I have a job at the Smelter.” And so here they stayed.

In the span of 2 ½ short years, Linda, Marcia, and Norma were born. Mom always said Dad was going to have the 4th, 5th, and 6th children because she was done!

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the O'Connor Funeral Home website.

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