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Ellen Mae Foley

July 20, 1944 November 16, 2010
Ellen Mae Foley
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Ellen Mae Foley passed away from natural causes at her home in Brookings on November 16, 2010. She was 66. Ellen was born July 20, 1944 in Pipestone, Minn. to Richard and Juanita (Mackey) O’Connell. She spent her childhood there and, following high school, went to work the phone company in Minneapolis. She married Patrick Foley in Pipestone on June 6, 1964. They moved to Southern California where they lived until moving to Crescent City in 1978. After Patrick passed the Oregon Bar Exam, the couple moved to Brookings. Ellen was a homemaker while her kids were young but later began working in her husband’s law office. She served as his office manager until her health would not allow it. Ellen was very artistic and enjoyed everything from needlepoint and crocheting to painting. She was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church. A caring and loyal wife, mother and grandmother, Ellen will be missed deeply. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Patrick of Brookings, son Patrick M. and his wife, Jennifer Foley of Albany, OR, daughter Katie Pratt and her husband, US Navy EM1 Travis Pratt, currently serving aboard the USS Enterprise, son, Matthew Foley of Eugene, OR, grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephen, Michael and Cecilia, brothers, Mike O’Connell and his wife, Mary of Elkhart, IN, Tom O’Connell of Seattle, WA, sisters, Linda Shaw of Creswell, OR and Patricia Manau of Sioux Falls, SD. Ellen was preceded in death by a brother, David O’Connell. Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10:30am at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The Rosary will begin at 10:00am. Rev. Luan Nguyen will be celebrating. A luncheon reception will follow the Mass in the Parish Hall. A graveside committal and interment will be held on December 4, 2010 at 1:00pm at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Pipestone, MN with Rev. Gerald Kosse officiating. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings and Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone, MN.

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