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“You Were always their for me Eula.Couldnt have had a better sister in law than you.I Rember Frank Giving me Castrol so Brenda be a New Year baby I...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Margaret Jenkins - MO - Family

“MY uncle Frank And My Aunt Eula Played a large Part In My Life. I WILLTREASURE OUR TIME .God Bless Each Of Ya.We all love each of ya...Love Brenda...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Brenda HUbbard - MO - Family

“It had been years since I was in Wewela, stopped there last summer for a visit with Eula, so happy to share memories, lunch and prayer with her. I...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Nila Kyler-Lively - Bellevue, NE

“Sending the Cole families our condolences and sincere sympathy. And loving friendship Gary Della and Joann ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Della Boyd - Winner, SD

“All of us at the Sioux Falls Highway Patrol Office express our deepest sympathy for Dave and his family during this time. Our thoughts are with you. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: SD Highway Patrol

“I am so sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mari Richter - Easton, PA

“Sorry to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I knew her through my mother Dorothy Wales, and we met a. Opulent of times. My...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Ben and Vicki Fischer - Millboro, SD

“Every time I went to Wewela to visit, Eula made me feel welcome and like I belonged to her family. With both of my parents being deceased, it was...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Terri Marshall - Winner, SD

“I'm so sorry to hear about great grandma Cole's passing. She loved us all so good! See will be dearly missed. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Sangthong Anne - Fairmomt, MN

“Please know our hearts are there with you even though we are not able to be there in person. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Ray and Mary Jenkins - Boonville, MO

“My heart gos out to my family and friends. A remarkable women is gone but out memories remain. Love and prayers sent to all who's lives have been...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Colleen Cole - Gayvlle, SD

Eula Pearle (Jenkins) Cole passed away peacefully in her home at Wewela, South Dakota with family around her on Friday morning September 8, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She looked forward to meeting her Savior Jesus Christ and a host of friends and family who have gone on before.

Eula was born on June 28, 1928 to Milton Frederick and Hattie Pearl (Wilson) Jenkins near Ulman, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. Eula married Frank Boyce Cole on December 19, 1943 in her parents home near Brays, Missouri. They moved to Fremont, Nebraska after their marriage and she worked at the Walkers Ammunition Plant where she became an inspector, while Frank worked for the railroad. They then moved to a ranch in Pahapesto Township of Tripp County and one in Todd County near Carter, South Dakota, before Frank bought the Wewela General Store in 1951.

Eula was a hard worker, but also somewhat of a dreamer. She enjoyed planning her gardens, gardening, canning, cooking, hanging clothes out to dry, horseback riding, making children clothes, and embroidering, and quilting in later years. She also loved to read books and study her Bible daily.

Eula was always ready to help in any way she could whether it was haying, milking the cows or other ranch work, working at the Wewela Post Office, Port of Entry, fixing and serving meals, or doing something involving children. She made popsicles, a favorite treat for her grandchildren and their parents, on summer days.

Eula was a 43 year member of the Winner Assembly of God Church. She especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many of those years, lovingly known as "Grandma" to all the children she served. She enjoyed music, loved singing, and sang while she worked. The kids loved to hear her sing and yodel, until her voice wouldn't allow it anymore.

Faith and family were the most important things to Eula. Each of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were very special to her. She loved sharing about Jesus with them, playing games, and sharing God's handiwork by pointing out the beautiful displays of the land, sky, and nature that God created as they took walks and visited.

Eula loved life, was very generous and thoughtful, thinking of others first. She hand-made beautiful baby quilts for almost every grandchild and great grandchild. She loved to have family and friends stop in to visit, always offering a cup of coffee and whatever baked goods she had on hand. When the children were young the neighbor kids came home with them after school to get some of her fresh baked bread with butter. This was considered a real treat. You were blessed with a wonderful meal that she would prepare, if you could stay to eat.

Eula will be missed by many. She left us all with a great legacy and a high standard of living. She made an important decision to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior at age 13, and loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, and mind. She deeply loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They knew this because she told them often and demonstrated it with her actions. All who loved and knew her will grieve and miss her, yet will rejoice for we know God rewards those who are faithful. To quote Eula, "I have been truly blessed by the Lord. I have been blessed."

She is survived by her eight children: Sharon Cole, Karen (Milton) Douglas, and Juanita (Richard) Peterson, all of Wewela; David (Colleen) Cole, Sioux Falls; Richard (Laura) Cole, Colome; Virginia (Brad) Albertz, Humboldt, IA; Colleen Cole, Gayville, SD; and Teresa Stark, Johnstown, CO; 21 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren; her brother, Raymond (Mary) Jenkins, Booneville, MO; sister-in-laws Margaret Jenkins, Jefferson City, MO; Kaye Cole, Winner; Burdine Cole, Marjetta, GA and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Those who preceded her in death were her husband, Frank; her parents, her brothers, Leslie and John; her sisters, Myrtle, Gertrude, and Imogene; and her grandson, Nicholas Albertz.

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Funeral services for Eula Cole, 89, of Wewela, SD, were held Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD, with Pastor George Kraft officiating. A prayer service was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory.

Music was provided by Deb Steffen, pianist. Congregational songs were "Near to the Heart of God" and "What a Day That Will Be." Special selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" by Jessica Klooz and David Douglas and "This World is Not My Home" by Colleen Kaye Cole.

Milton Douglas gave the eulogy.

Paula Stephan and Brinda Simons were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Missy DeBoer, Jackie Musilek, and Donna Steppat.

Ushers were Russell Richey, Randy Richey, Kevin Wagner, and David Simons.

Casket Bearers were Jeremiah Cole, Jacob Cole, David Douglas, Ruth Douglass, Ashley (Caleb) Shannon, Mikaelah Stark, Brandon Albertz, and Cody Underhill.

Honorary Casket Bearers were all of Eula's grandchildren.

Interment was in the Winner City Cemetery, Winner, SD.