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Obituary - Coyla Mildred (Peterson) Boe


March 13, 2018

Coyla Boe

Coyla Mildred (Peterson) Boe passed away March 11, 2018, just before 2 p.m. at the age of 102 and about 5 months after approximately three months stay at the Sweet Nursing Home in Chinook, Montana.

She was surrounded by family, her oldest daughter and husband, Glenn and Bonnie (Boe) Patchell, her younger daughter and husband, Karl and Mary (Boe) Harder, her granddaughter, Kari (Patchell) Goodman, and her grandson, Erik Boe. She was greatly beloved and respected and many felt it an honor to know Coyla.

A viewing will be held Thursday evening March 15, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Edward's Funeral Home, 500 Indiana Street, Chinook, Montana. Graveside services for family will be at Kuper Memorial Cemetery off Highway 2 on John Stephen's Memorial Road, north and west of Chinook, north of the S-curve at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018. Memorial services will be held at the American Lutheran Church on Sixth Street in Chinook, Montana, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, with a luncheon after in the church basement.

Coyla was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Milan, Minnesota, to her parents, Thomas Oscar and Josephine (Running) Peterson, She was the second-oldest of five siblings. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Milan, Minnesota, and confirmed at Outlook, Montana, at Highland Lutheran Church. She ran track and won ribbons in eighth grade, and she graduated high school in 1933 from Outlook High School. She attended Northern Montana College in Havre for one year and then taught in a rural school for one year in northeastern Montana near Antelope, with about 15 students grades first through eighth, teaching all subjects. She also helped on her parents' farm the year after she taught school (the year before she was married). She took a course in home nursing taught by the Red Cross during World War II for the purpose of assisting an R.N. if needed for an epidemic. She passed the test and received a certificate from the Red Cross.

Coyla was a long-time resident in Chinook, Montana. She and her husband, Clarence (Dutch) Morris Boe, moved to Chinook in September of 1937, so 81 years of residency in total during which she raised her family, starting with Duane Arlin Boe born 1938, Bonnie Rae Boe born 1940 and Mary Gail Boe born 1943. She spent many happy times in their home and from October 2008 to December 2017 she enjoyed independent living by herself in her own apartment. She loved her many friends at the Grand Villa Apartments.

Preceding Coyla in death: her husband, Dutch (April 2008), and their son Duane (July 1992), as well as her older sister, Gladys Muriel (Peterson) Johnson and her husband, Clair Johnson; her younger brother Glenn Alphonso Peterson and his wife, Josie; her younger sister, Phemie Maxine Peterson, and her youngest brother, Wallace Burnell Peterson and his wife, Ruby.

Coyla is survived by two daughters, Bonnie and Mary, and their spouses as indicated above; seven grandchildren, Craig Patchell, Kari (Patchell) Goodman, Shawn Patchell, Conrad Harder, Melanie (Harder) Johndrow, Kristin (Boe) Bigelow and  Erik Boe; 16 great grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson on the way in August 2018; and four step-great-great-grandchildren, one of whom is deceased as of 2015.


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