Eloise L. Gull, 94, formerly of Edgemont, SD, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, September 17, 2015. She had been living at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center when she passed away.
Eloise was born on January 16, 1921, to Elvin T. & Catherine (Griffin) Aaberg at the Sister’s Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. She lived with her family on a farm about three miles north of Hot Springs. They raised many farm animals which fostered her love for them, and she passed that love of animals onto her daughter, Paulette. Her father also had a polo team and Eloise would tell how they would fill prairie dog holes so the polo ponies wouldn’t break their legs. Eloise attended elementary school up to the 8th grade at the Tomlin Country School then graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1939.
On July 23, 1939, Eloise married the love of her life, Paul V. Gull. Their daughter, Paulette L. Gull, was born on June 24, 1943. Eloise and Paul were blessed to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 1989 and enjoyed 7 more years together before Paul passed away in May 1996. Eloise stayed busy in her many roles as a wife, mother and grandmother who served her family as well as her community all of her life until her health began to fail.
Eloise worked many jobs in her life including cooking at several cafes, a long time ticket agent for the Trailways and Greyhound bus lines and a taxi dispatcher. She was a great homemaker, fabulous cook and baker and she kept a beautiful yard, as well as supporting her husband in his endeavors while also following her own interests.
Throughout Eloise’s life, she was involved in her community, participating in several women’s groups, including The United Methodist Women’s and Rebekah Lodge in Edgemont. She deeply enjoyed her lodge work, served many meals, worked numerous bazaars and helped the youth groups prepare homemade donuts. She was a member of pinochle and bridge card clubs. Another favorite pastime was playing board games with her grandchildren and they all treasure the memories to this day. She was a prolific crafter and shared her creations with many family and friends.
Eloise is preceded in death by her husband, Paul V. Gull; only daughter, Paulette L. Ezernack; her parents, Elvin T. & Catherine Aaberg; eight siblings, Robert Aaberg; Lester Aaberg; Lucille Williams; Elvin Aaberg, Jr.; Marian Hoffman; Shirley Wortham; James Aaberg and Eugene Aaberg.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Kristi Whitsett (Kevin); Tonya Castleman (Ken); Shaun Ezernack (Linda); Shanon Ezernack (Casey Henry, fiancé’); great grandchildren, Tyler Whitsett (Jena); Samantha Komes; Kris; Jon; Kim; Ashley Harris (Joseph); Jake Whitsett (Brittany); Ryan Castleman; Amanda Castleman; Shelby Napierskie; Breonna Jo; Joshua Bryan; Joslyn Bryan; Jase Henry; great great grandchildren, Darci Jo Whitsett and one due in February, 2016.
Visitation was held Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the United Church in Edgemont with Rev. Morris Nelson officiating. Interment followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in Eloise’s name to benefit the Rebekah Lodge in Edgemont.
James (Jim) Kenneth Turner was born March 10, 1943 in Fort Smith Arkansas and passed away at home September 13, 2015.
Jim spent his youth in Arkansas and joined the Air Force in 1962, serving for 6 years. He moved to Colorado in 1973 where he met his wife Cindy. Jim’s life work was a varied as he was and he excelled at a variety of occupations. From computers, to forming the first long distance for less phone company west of the Mississippi, and finally restaurant equipment sales and service he relished challenges.
Additionally, he and his wife Cindy loved to buy and renovate homes long before fix and flip was a term. Over their 41 years of marriage they owned nine homes all of which they renovated.
Jim Turner was a friend to all and was always interested in getting to know new people and learn new things and loved to travel. Jim was best known in Edgemont as a councilman and mayor who during his six year tenure brought new processes, systems and innovative ideas and concepts to the town. He and Cindy’s greatest legacy is the Thanksgiving Community Gathering which continues today.
He is survived by his wife Cindy, now in Mesa Arizona and his two sons Troy and Breck of Denver. Per his wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Edgemont Senior Citizens Center or the Trails Trains and Pioneer Museum in Edgemont.