Tricounty News

Louise Eaton, 88

Louise Eaton of Sandstone, Minn., died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Essentia Health Care Center. She was 88.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Danforth Community Chapel in Danforth Township with Pastor Joseph Reece officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Methven Funeral Home, 114 5th Street in Sandstone, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Vilstad Cemetery in Partridge Township.

Louise Ellen Bartlett Eaton was born Aug. 3, 1923, the oldest of eight children, in a little white house known as the Dr. Ridgeway House in Kimball, to Ralph Lincoln and Lottie Louise (Flindt) Bartlett. Her father, Ralph, moved the family often as he secured jobs to support his family. Some of the Minnesota towns were Kimball, Cushing, Sauk Rapids, and a couple of towns in Wisconsin. She attended country schools wherever they lived. She completed eighth grade, then went to work.

She married Lewis Bradford Eaton April 7, 1944, at Sandstone. They made their first home in Kentucky while Bradford was in training for the service. After Bradford went overseas, Louise returned to Minnesota, and when he returned from World War II, the couple settled on a farm east of Sandstone. This is where they raised their family. After the children had grown, they moved to a farm near Askov.

Louise was a homemaker. She loved to cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. Durring the summer, she did a lot of canning. She enjoyed her flower beds. She also enjoyed watching and feeding birds. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals. She enjoyed listening to good country music. On occasion, she also enjoyed pulling pranks on family members.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Bradford; a son Gary Duane; an infant daughter Gayla Ruth; two brothers Donald Bartlett and Wallace Bartlett; and two sons-in-law Elmer Thomson and Gerald Hoeft.

Louise is survived by three daughters Irene Thomson of Sandstone, Rosalea Hoeft of Kimball, and Carol (and Alan) Jensen of Aitkin; two sons Donald of Sandstone, and Vernon (and Melena) of Sandstone; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; four sisters Lorraine Burt of California, Ida Trettin of Pierz, Lola Vroman of Grand Rapids, and Erma (and Bob) Curtis of Big Lake; a brother Gerald (and Joyce) Bartlett of Coon Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Casketbearers are Skip Thomson, Gary Thomson, Donald Eaton II, Lewis Eaton, Joseph Eaton, Martin Hoeft, William Hoeft, and Vernon Eaton II.