Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 12, 2018
Cookie (Thelma) Epperley

Obit Cookie (Thelma) EpperleyOur Mom, Cookie, passed away peacefully at Willow Springs on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the age of 89. We know she was immediately met and embraced by our father, Tom, who preceded her in death in 2013. She was also reunited with her siblings, Alzo, Vera, Paul, Rena and Stella, who have been waiting with Tom for her join them in God’s eternal kingdom.

Cookie is survived by her three sons: Father Wayne Epperley (Detroit, MI), Tom (June) of Tooele, and Paul (Jen) of Fort Worth, Texas. She is also survived by her two brothers, Phillip and John.

Cookie was a lifelong resident of Tooele. She was born to Nettie and Phillip Morrell in 1928, and spent her early years playing with her brothers and sisters on Broadway and working at her parents’ general store and Coffee Johns. 

She married Tom in 1950 and spent many years in Europe with him while he served in the U.S. Army before returning to make their home in Tooele. She spent the rest of her life raising their children and many adopted children and family. Cookie was a devout Catholic and member of St. Marguerite Catholic Church. She participated and hosted many events at the church over the years, most notably the ordination to the Priesthood of her son Wayne, a first for the parish. 

She will be remembered for her genuine kindness and compassion. In addition to keeping up with friends that she and Tom made around the country, and during the many winters they spent in Yuma, she had many daily and weekly visitors later in life that would come to listen to her stories about the old days, get sage advice on life, and just spend time in her presence. She will be greatly missed by all.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday June 22, 2018, at St. Marguerite Catholic Church, 15 S. 7th Street, Tooele, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall after the service. Cookie will be buried with her beloved Tom in a private ceremony at Tooele City Cemetery.

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