Funeral services for Eloise Idell Leach (86) will be at 10:00am, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Green Country Funeral Home. Rev. D.J. McCarter will officiate. Interment to follow in New Echota Cemetery in Adair County. Visitation will be Tuesday, between 10:00am and 8:00pm. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Eloise was born in Kirksville, Illinois to John and Loveta (Bolin) Wallace on September 7, 1929. She had one older sister, Betty Jean. Eloise graduated from Humboldt High School in 1947. Her marriage to Bill Knollenberg produced four children: Susan Eloise, Ronald William, Mary Dawneve and Harry James.
Later in life she married Leach Leach. Leach's band, "Oklahoma In Tune" played at dances all over Northeast Oklahoma for many years. Eloise was the ticket taker and didn't get to dance as much as she might have liked. She worked as a bookkeeper, in restaurants, at Bryan Sewing Factory and as archived records clerk for Cherokee County.
Eloise was a kind and considerate wife, mother and grandmother. She had a natural green thumb and enjoyed her gardens all her life. Her greatest personal accomplishment came after retirement through her love of genealogy . She and Alma Hutchins compiled a book of historical data of 15,750 people, "Records From Reed-Culver Funeral Home 1909-2000".
Eloise passed from this life on July 28, 2016.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister; husband, Leach Leach; her daughter, Susan Cunningham; and son Ronald Knollenberg; her grandsons Wayne Cunningham and Aaron Cunningham.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Cain; granddaughter, Christie (Richard) Kessinger of Tahlequah; her son, James Knollenberg (Joyce); grandson, Nicholas Knollenberg (Monica), and granddaughter, Brianne (Zach) Glover all of Ft. Lupton, Colorado. Eloise also leaves behind a host of step-children, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Eloise was an old fashioned gentle woman and will be missed by all.
Published on August 1, 2016