MENDOTA - The children and families of Eloise Barrett, 94, of Mendota would like you to know that her job here is done.
She received a call on Saturday, Sept. 7 with an offer she couldn’t refuse for an appointment from which she will not be returning. The assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with her loving husband, Keith, who was her greatest admirer, provider, beloved father of her children, purse holding, dance and cuddle partner of 75 years; her youngest son, Dennis; and her grandchild, Todd; plus a multitude of family and friends that are looking forward to welcoming her during her relocation. An abundance of sunshine, music, dancing, laughter and love are guaranteed. The food is delicious and you never gain an ounce.
She left detailed instructions for her children, family and friends to celebrate the completion of her recent job and her promotion to what everyone understands is a Heavenly position. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. The matriarch has spoken!
Funeral services for Eloise and her husband, who passed away Jan. 18, 2019, will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with Rev. Kevin Hancock officiating. Burial will be at Wisner Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.
Eloise is lovingly remembered by her son, Larry (Jeanne) Barrett of Mendota; her daughters, Nancy (Bob) Watkin of Peachtree City, Ga. and Cheryl (Jerry) Thorne of Sublette; her daughter-in-law, Sonia Barrett of Sublette; her brothers, Bill (Louise) Mear of Tawas, Mich. and Melvin (Delores) Mear of Rochelle; and she will be remembered with great fondness by 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Dennis Barrett; and one grandson, Todd Barrett.
Eloise taught Sunday school and enjoyed cooking. She published her own cookbook and loved writing poetry, flowers and gardening, sewing, having family gatherings and picnics and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Memorials may be directed to the family.