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Eloise Covey

Mrs. Eloise Armstrong Covey, age 90, of Rockford and formerly of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 4, 2011. She grew up on her family’s Algoma farm and was a 1938 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Eloise remembered the Depression, the hard times, and being poor, but she was thankful they lived on a farm so there was food. Her chores were to bring the cows up from the woods and cut the tomato worms in half (her father grew eight acres of tomatoes one year). Eloise particularly liked swimming in Cedar Creek after her parents dammed it up to make it deep enough for swimming. She met her husband, Calvin “Kelly,” through his music at a neighbor club. For four years they dated, and on November 14, 1941, they were married. Eloise worked at a Wolverine World Wide as a sewer, and in 1953 she started working in the upholstery business and a portion of her work is displayed at the Grand Rapids Museum in “The Queen” exhibit. Eloise bought the business and retired in December of 2004. She and her husband had a great life together; he died on October 25, 1988. Since 1965 Eloise was a member of Solon Wesleyan Church where she was a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, and member of the Missionary Society. Her favorite Bible verse was II Timothy 4:6-8. She was a member of the Foxville Friendship Club that her mother and grandmother helped to start. Since 1917 they have made quilts and other charity items. Eloise was a former member and trustee of the Algoma Historical Society and one of the “driving force members” of the committee to establish the War Memorial in Algoma Twp. She is survived by her children, Sonya Bigelow of Big Rapids, Paulette and Ed Fitzpatrick of Cedar Springs, Bryan and Sandra Covey of Sand Lake, and Dean and Marie Covey of Cedar Springs; son-in-law, Dennis and Char Heim; 7 grandchildren and 5 stepgrandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and brother, Bruce and Bernice Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin “Kelly” Covey, a daughter, Dawn Heim, and infant baby girl Lucille who died in 1945, her brother, Clifton Armstrong, and step great-grandson, Joshua Houston.  The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Covey was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Spectrum Health Hospice at 4500 Breton Ave., SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49508.  Relatives and friends may met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday and prior to the service on Wednesday. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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