Elsie Iola Peavler Codenys
On the afternoon of December 9, 2015, Elsie passed away peacefully at Rosebud Health Care Center Nursing Home. Her daughter, Iola Harris, who visited Elsie daily, was with her at the time of her passing. Elsie was 86 years old.
Elsie was born on December 5, 1929 in Basin, Wyoming to Eva and Carl Peavler. She was the first of two daughters born to Eva and Carl.
Elsie graduated from high school in Greybull, Wyoming. She left home and went to Business College in Denver, Colorado. While attending school, she lived with a lawyer’s family and worked in the lawyer’s office. After graduating, she returned to Greybull.
Elsie met the love of her life, Albert Codenys, in Greybull, Wyoming when Albert was delivering a motorcycle to his cousin, Bob, who just happened to be married to Elsie’s sister, Eilene. The two were married on August 12, 1950. Elsie worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 33 years, where she was instrumental in helping with the computerization of the Bureau’s payroll system.
In 1957, Elsie and Albert were blessed with the birth of their only child, a daughter, Iola. 20 years later, Elsie welcomed into her family Iola’s husband, Gregory Harris, whom she considered to be her son. Her family grew by two with the arrivals of grandsons Benjamin and Jeremiah.
Elsie was very devoted to her work, but she enjoyed many other interests as well. She was a volunteer and officer at NARFE. Elsie was actively involved in helping the families of deceased retired federal employees to obtain their federal family benefits. She was also a member of ABWA and Rebekah Lodge. Elsie was a volunteer at St. Vincent Health Care for many years.
Elsie loved to dance. She and Albert belonged to the Billings Polka Club, and they were feverishly devoted to dancing at the Moose Lodge and BPOE Elks Lodge. Elsie and Albert enjoyed several bus trips to eastern Canada, and the southern and eastern United States.
Elsie is survived by her daughter, Iola Harris; grandson Benjamin (Katherine) Harris; grandson Jeremiah (Nikki) Harris; great-grandchildren Liberty, Jaxon, and Avery; sister, Eilene Codenys; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, who were dear to her heart. Elsie was pre-deceased by her mother and stepfather, Bill Greene; and her son-in-law, Gregory Harris.
Although our hearts are heavy at the loss of our mother and grandmother, we find comfort in imagining her dancing with Albert and laughing with Greg in Heaven.
For the last three years, Elsie has been in the loving care of the staff of Rosebud Health Care Center Nursing Home in Forsyth, Montana. Elsie’s family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to RHCC Nursing Home, PO Box 268, Forsyth, MT 59327.
Funeral services will be at 1:30pm, Saturday, December 12 at Faith Chapel in Billings. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth, MT are in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be shared at www.stevensonandsons.com.