Obituary: O’Gren, E’Loys H. (Meuwissen)
O’GREN, E’Loys H. (Meuwissen) Was granted her wish February 13, 2013 when she left her frail and cancer-ridden body to join her loved ones in Heaven. E’Loys was born December 26, 1921 in Mitchell, SD to Leonard and Arlouine Meuwissen, joining her brother, Galen. While an infant, her family moved by train to Mason City, IA where her dad worked as a dispatcher for the Milwaukee Railroad, and her mother was a homemaker. E’Loys’ family grew when brother, Neil, and sister, Jeanne were born. E’Loys graduated in 1939 from Mason City High School but not before she caught the eye of her future husband, Presley O’Gren. The story goes that as Pres walked by her locker on the way to his chemistry class, he winked at her. While in high school, E’Loys was a receptionist for a lawyer and later for a real estate loan officer. They were engaged in December, 1940 and married October 22, 1941. They honeymooned in Chicago, taking in the World’s Fair and the Ford Museum. Pres’ job with the U.S. Border Patrol took them to various locations where life-time friendships were formed as well as many a story. Their daughter, Sue, was born in Mason City, IA and their second daughter, Linda, arrived 10 years later while they were stationed in Milwaukee, WI. In 1954 they moved to El Paso, TX. 1961 found them in Los Fresnos, TX where E’Loys discovered the card game, bridge. She was also active in the Los Fresnos Band Booster Club, church choir, and spent many hours car-pooling Linda and friends to various activities. In 1972 Pres’ job brought them to Spokane, WA. E’Loys continued playing bridge with a number of different groups, forming new friendships. E’Loys enjoyed accompanying Pres while out hunting with their beloved brittany, Brandi, and gathering huckleberries. She was very active with Knox Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir, member of the handbell choir, and a member of the Ruth Circle. The friendships she formed through her interactions at Knox Presbyterian Church brought her great joy. Another highlight for her was singing with the Spokane Chorale, particularly the opera, “Aida,” during Expo ‘74. Besides playing bridge and singing, E’Loys enjoyed gardening, feeding the quail that flocked to their backyard, reading, watching the soap opera “As the World Turns,” and, always, her family. The last 3 1/2 years of her life were spent in Tacoma, WA where daughter, Sue, lovingly took care of her. E’Loys made a wonderful home and life for her husband and her daughters. She so enjoyed her time with her granddaughters and relished the time spent with her two great-granddaughters. Mom gave so generously and lovingly to us and we will always hold her near. We love you always, Mom. E’Loys is survived by her brother, Neil Meuwissen (Hilda), Orlando, FL, daughters, Sue Hamel, Tacoma, WA and Linda Long, granddaughters, Amanda Howell and Emily Hills (Joe), and two great-granddaughters, Chloe Howell and Grace Hills, all from Spokane, WA as well as other family members and friends. E’Loys is preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and her husband, Pres, of 63 years. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 806 W. Knox, Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church and Hospice.