Martin Mortuary


Eileen Edith Covey

June 5, 1929August 20, 2017

Eileen Edith Atchison Covey June 5, 1929 – August 20, 2017 Eileen E. Covey of Palisade, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, August 20, 2017. She was deeply loved and adored and will be missed beyond measure by those lucky enough to be part of her family. Eileen was born in Shannon County, Missouri to Charley Lee Atchison and Meekie Fay (Chrisco) Atchison on June 5, 1929. Her family moved to Clifton, Colorado when Eileen was about 8 years old and it was here that she attended church and school and met the love of her life, Nolie S. Covey. They were married on May 19, 1946 and they loved and supported one another for over 70 years, until Nolie’s passing in April of this year. Together they raised 3 children, created a successful business and lived a full and rich life. Eileen was an amazing partner and always did her utmost to give her family what they needed. She was a warm and loving wife and mother and when she became a grandmother, she made sure her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were adequately spoiled. Eileen liked being outdoors and always raised a big garden, making sure she had plenty to share. She enjoyed canning her harvest and tried to never let anything go to waste. She was an excellent seamstress and the clothing and quilts she made were prized possessions among her family. She was a faithful volunteer at her church, sewing costumes for programs and cooking and serving food at dinners. Over the years, she rocked babies for new mothers and taught Sunday school lessons and provided behind the scenes support wherever she could. She always offered compassion and a kind word if you needed it, but her biggest gift was her smile and she shared it freely with everyone she met. In their retirement years, Eileen and Nolie moved to Palisade where they raised and sold peaches. Eileen found a true passion in this work and she totally embraced being called the peach lady. Eileen is survived by her daughters, Lela (Dru) Bishop and Brenda (Nick) Flanagan. Her brother Emery (Myrna) Atchison, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nolie Steele Covey, her son, Nolie Howard Covey, her parents, Charley and Meekie Atchison, two brothers, Albert and Kenneth Atchison and one sister, Marlene Hall Graveside services will take place at 10:00a.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Memorial contributions can be made to HopeWest, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, 81506. Friends and family may leave their condolences at


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August 30, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Eileen was a joy to be around and will be missed dearly. May the memories of her bring you peace and comfort.


August 29, 2017

May the God of love bring your family comfort, peace, and strength to endure the difficult days ahead.

Karen Hunt

August 26, 2017

We were so saddened with the passing of Eileen. Even tho we were not able to spend much time with her, we found her to be such a sweet and caring lady. When she and Nolie sat next to us in the dining room at M.H., we always had a good conversation and wondered if we were related somewhere down the lineage being we were Coveys too. You girls are in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Jeanne Covey, Karen Hunt,Candy Brodel