Eloise B. Mobley — Lake City
LAKE CITY — A memorial service for Eloise B. Mobley will be at 11 a.m. May 10 at the United Methodist Church in Lake City.
Mrs. Mobley, 90, a longtime teacher in Lake City, died Feb. 18, 2008, at the Mission Nursing Home in Mission, Texas. She had been at her winter residence in Alamo, Texas.
Eloise Tuftee was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Austin. During her childhood, her family moved frequently between Austin, Lyle and Albert Lea. In 1935, she graduated from Albert Lea High School, where she met Claude Mobley during her senior year. Mr. Mobley was a native of Hopkins, Mo. The couple eloped to Iowa in 1938.
She received a teaching degree from Winona Teachers College in 1937, and later earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1973. She began her student teaching at Pickwick School in Winona County, then taught in Freeborn County rural schools until 1945, at which time she and her husband moved from Albert Lea to Lake City. In Lake City, Mr. Mobley was manager of the Gipson Lumber Yard. From 1948 to 1982, Mrs. Mobley taught fifth-graders at Washington, Jefferson and Bluffview schools in Lake City.
Mrs. Mobley was a member of the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota and the South Eastern Retired Educators of Minnesota. She and Virginia Redding began the Lake City Chapter of the Camp Fire Girls. She was also on the Public Library Board and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served for a time as Worthy Matron. She was a past member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and later attended the United Methodist Church. She and her husband were also longtime members of the Lake City Country Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Jacquelyn Cronin of Woodbury, Minn.; and a brother, Rollin James Tuftee. Other survivors include a granddaughter, Cassandra (Mario) Gomez of Woodbury; and a great-grandson, Aidan of Woodbury. She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 31, 2001.
Memorials are suggested to the Lake City Education Foundation, the Lake City Public Library, United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.