Noreen Cole of Battlement Mesa died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle. She was 87.
She was born July 7, 1916, in the small town of Abbeyfeale, in County Limerick, Ireland, to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick T. McCarthy. He was a local schoolteacher.
She excelled in her studies and after completing her nurse’s training, she served in the Royal British Navy on a hospital ship during World War II.
After the war, while employed at Walter Reed Medical Hospital in Baltimore, Md., she met Dr. Norman J. Cole. They were married in 1947.
For a time, Dr. Cole was the chief of staff for Fitzsimmons Army Medical Hospital in Denver.
With her husband’s career tied to the military, they traveled the world until retirement allowed them to settle back in the Colorado they loved.
Mrs. Cole’s passions were her family, her lord Jesus, her friends, china painting and sewing.
Mrs. Cole is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Norman Cole of Battlement Mesa; by a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and David Nielson of Corvallis, Ore.; by a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Marion Cole of New Castle; and by grandchildren Michael Nielson and Jessica Nielson, both of Corvallis, Ore., Meghan Cole of New Castle and Patrick Cole of Rifle.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 0086 Village Drive, in Rifle.
A memorial fund has been established in Mrs. Cole’s name at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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