Cleo R. Carley

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Cleo R. Carley, 91, of Brookings passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, July 11, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Brookings. Visitation will be Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Cleo R. Duff was born on December 15, 1922 in Brookings County, the daughter of Dallas and Bertha (Saha) Duff. She received her education in rural schools in Brookings County and was a graduate of Brookings High School in 1940. She continued her education at South Dakota State College for one year. In 1941, she was employed at Peter Kiewet Construction Company in their ammunition storage facility in Igloo, SD. From 1943 until 1945, she worked at American Airlines Modification Center in Cheyenne, WY. Cleo was united in marriage to Russell Carley on February 27, 1946 in Brookings. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rantoul, IL, for a year before moving back to Brookings. From 1955 to 1975 she was employed at Coast to Coast as a toy buyer. Cleo then was employed at the Brookings Hospital until 1985 at which time she returned to Coast to Coast (True Value) on a part-time basis until her retirement. Russell died on June 2, 1988 in Brookings. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, Volunteers Club, and the Social Time Club. She especially enjoyed knitting, crocheting and doing craft projects. Cleo was always sharing her baked goodies with family, friends and coworkers. Nothing pleased her more than times with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cleo is survived by two daughters, Barbara (James) Meyer of Brookings, and formerly of Timber Lake, and Janet Kubasko of Missoula, MT; three grandchildren, Cody, Sean and Kara; four great-grandchildren, Regan, Austin, Logan, and Eli; and one brother, Curtis (Pat) Duff of Vancouver, WA. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, Darrel and Frank, and one sister, Mildred. (Jim and Barbara Meyer’s address is 1121 Orchard Dr., Brookings, SD 57006)
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