Coyla Mildred (Peterson) Boe passed away March 11, 2018 just before 2pm at the age of 102 and abt 5 mos old after approximately 3 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, respected and many felt it an honor to know her. Thanks to the wonderful people at the nursing home who helped care for her in her final days. A viewing will be held Thursday evening March 15, 2018 from 5-7pm at Edward’s Funeral Home, 500 Indiana Street, Chinook, Montana. Graveside services for family will be at Kuper Memorial Cemetery off Hwy 2 on John Stephen’s Memorial Road, north and west of Chinook, north of the S-curve at 10 am Friday March 16, 2018. Memorial Services will be held at the American Lutheran Church on 6th Street in Chinook, Montana at 11 am, Friday March 16, 2018 with a luncheon after in the church basement.
Coyla was born October 20, 1915 in Milan, Minnesota to her parents, Thomas Oscar and Josephine (Running) Peterson, She was the 2nd oldest of 5 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 8th 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, about 15 students grades 1st thru 8th 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. Luckily she only needed to use her nursing skills as she raised her children.
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.
Coyla supported her husband in all his activities while he was a teacher, a coach and with their lumber yard business while taking care of her children. She also was a Sunday school teacher and a Brownie leader. She loved to dance, bowl, golf, hunt, play cards (pinochle), sewing club, Ladies Aide with Lutheran Church, and she was active in the American Lutheran Church all her years in Chinook. She embroidered pillow slips and hand towels, baked Norwegian pastries and other delicious cookies, gardened and canned, kept a meticulous house to name a few of her activities, and was the strength in the lives of her husband, children and posterity. She left a legacy of love. She will be missed and remembered.
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.
She is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie and Mary and their spouses as indicated above, 7 grandchildren: Craig Patchell, Kari (Patchell) Goodman, Shawn Patchell, Conrad Harder, Melanie (Harder) Johndrow, Kristin (Boe) Bigelow and Erik Boe.
Coyla has 16 great grandchildren: Jay Jensen, Marin Jensen, Jerris Goodman, Danner Patchell, Seth Patchell, Noah Patchell, Jordan Patchell, Sage Patchell, Soren Patchell, Kai Patchell, Molly (Harder) Wooden, Alyssa Johndrow, Nicole Johndrow, Kate Connelly, Griffin Connelly, Crosby Boe, and 3 step Grandchildren: Dane Goodman, Whitney (Goodman) Thompson and Joshua Goodman.
Coyla has 3 great great grandchildren: Evelyn Jensen, Charlie Jensen and Alyvia Wooden with another great great grandson on the way in August 2018. She also has 4 step great great grandchildren: Kloie Goodman, Ryker Goodman, Mila Thompson and Thor Thompson (deceased 2015).