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1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Eloise McDougall Obituary
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August 22, 2018

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November 25, 2017
I will forever feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet Eloise and to include her story in THE LADIES OF PUNTA GORDA. From our very first meeting, I knew that she was a special lady. It was through her eyes that I was able see Punta Gorda as it was in days gone by. I will never forget hearing about Eloise and her childhood friends and their times playing under an old guava tree, times when the boys were cowboys and the girls.....the girls were saloon girls, of course. I will never forget the story she told me of her brother Hugh and her friend Faye and their escapades on that big red tricycle the three of them rode down the street to fires. I still chuckle when I remember her telling me about King, her three legged dog eating 37 ice cream cones and winning a bet she made with the boys from the nearby air base. Through Eloise's eyes, I met her grandfather Gatewood and travelled with him as he and her grandmother "rode the circuit." I was so excited when she shared with me her grandmother Gatewood's diary, and I sat up all night reading it and leaning of her life as a young bride and mother. I can still hear the pride in Eloise's voice as she told me about Hugh and his part in the integration of Charlotte County schools. There is no question in my mind that Eloise treasured life and lived it to the fullest. When I think back to the times I sat listening to her tell her stories,I realize I only learned a tiny bit of her wonderful life here in Punta Gorda. I can only imagine how many more stories she could have told me about Eloise Adams, the little girl who was born on Sullivan Street where she lived her entire life. I will forever envision the beautiful young Eloise posing for a photo, oh so elegant in her pearls. What I truly know is that Eloise McDougal was every bit as beautiful those days in 2013 as she sat in her chair in her living room with wonderful little Willy on her lap, sharing with me her memories. Yes, I truly was blessed to have met her.