Eleanor "Ellie" Dale Wiles
Longtime Glenwood Springs resident Eleanor “Ellie” Dale Wiles, 84, passed away May 12, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction surrounded by her loving family. Ellie was born April 3, 1924, in Versailles, Ill., to Loren and Lillian Fagan. The family moved to Goodland, Kan., when she was 12 years old. After graduating from high school, she went to California for two years and engaged in defense work during World War II where she met and married Martin Dale. When he was discharged from the Air Force, they returned to Denver, and later lived in Cortez.For the last 30 years, she lived in Glenwood Springs and worked as a florist. She was an active member in the Mountain View Church. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling and volunteer work at the hospital or doing whatever was needed.Ellie loved the outdoors, camping and swimming. Her family was very important to her, and she loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit. Teaching all them to swim in the hot springs pool earned her the nickname “Swimmin’ Grandma.”She married Larry Wiles in 1989. Though Larry became terminally ill, they had two loving years together and became known as the Glenwood sweethearts.Survivors include sister June (Frank) Reid; daughters Donna (Mick) Livingston, Marsha (B. J. Fiske) Beach, and Marti Dale (Terry McNamee, former husband) McNamee; grandchildren Steve Livingston, Deanna Beach, Kara Beach, Rikki McNamee and Dale McNamee; great-grandchildren Sean, Shannyn and Orion and one on the way, Madysen.She was preceded in death by her husbands; three brothers, and granddaughter Debbie Livingston.A celebration of her life will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Mountain View Church, 2195 County Road 154 in Glenwood Springs. Pastor Dave Pearson will officiate. Memorial contributions in memory of Ellie can be made to Mountain View Church, P.O. Box 222, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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