Edith “Cleo” Bradshaw Perlee

January 17, 2022

Edith “Cleo” Bradshaw Perlee, 99, a former Colfax resident, died January 17, 2022 at Homewood Healthcare, Lebanon, Ind.  She was born June 29, 1922 in Clinton County, Ind., to Thomas & Edith (Goodnight) Smith.  She married Addison Junior Bradshaw on May 5, 1941 and he preceded her in death on November 22, 1978. She then married Marion Perlee on March 23, 1991 and he preceded her in death on December 2, 2002.

Cleo was a 1940 graduate of Scircleville High School.  She was a homemaker and worked in the school cafeteria in Colfax and Little Jefferson.  She also worked at the Colfax Meat Locker.  She was a member of the Colfax Christian Church for over 50 years.  She was also a member of Dorcas Society, and Clinton County Campers.  Cleo enjoyed traveling, gardening and canning, crafts and loved to tell her life story.  She was proud that all three of her children were still married to their original spouses and all married over 50 years.  Cleo was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a wonderful friend to many.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Paul Del Valley will officiate. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Colfax, Ind. Memorial donations may be made to Colfax Christian Church, 314 S. Clark St., Colfax, IN 46035.

Survived by:

Son: James L. “Jim” (Sandra) Bradshaw of Crawfordsville, 2 Daughters: Judith A. “Judy” (Steve) Miller of Foley, AL, Janice E. “Jan” Crouch of Thorntown, 2 Stepsons: Daniel (Tressa) Perlee of Kirklin, Larry (Tresa) Perlee of Frankfort, 5 Grandchildren, 3 Step grandchildren, 13 Great-grandchildren, 6 Step great-grandchildren and 10 Great Great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:

In addition to her spouses, she was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Ollie Perlee, 6 brothers, 2 sisters and son-in-law, David Crouch.


Leave your Condolences

14 Condolences for “Edith “Cleo” Bradshaw Perlee”

  1. Linda Foster January 19, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Dear Janice and Family, Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Ed and Ruth Gable January 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    We send our thoughts and prayers to all the family. Cleo was a special lady! We always enjoyed our visits with her and walking down memory lane of earlier times. A woman of great faith! Sorry we can not be there Saturday. Love from Ed and Ruth Gable

  3. Carl and Sue Schenck January 19, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Cleo was such a wonderful lady, with a fine sense of humor. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. With Deepest Sympathy.

  4. Sandee Pickard January 19, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    So sorry about your mom. Coleman and I will be thinking of you and your family.

  5. Tricia Downs January 19, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    What memories of the Clinton County Campers my parents (Don and Joan Fuller) and my grandparents Helen and Charlie Reno were all members. As kids we had so much fun with this group, all the adults were so patient with us. God bless you Ms. Cleo, I’m sure you are all having a camp out in heaven and swapping stories and Euchre around a campfire.

  6. Mike Griffin January 19, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    We will miss you Aunt Cleo. Such great memories of everyone at the family reunions in Frankfort. God bless everyone, Mike and Cindi, Navarre, Florida

  7. Steve and Sandy Sheets January 19, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Cleo was such a sweet lady! She sat behind us in church for many years and always had a smile for everyone. We have missed her the past several years in church and enjoyed visiting with her when we took her home communion. So sorry for your family’s loss, but so happy that Cleo is now at peace in our Lord’s carefree heaven!!!

  8. Virginia Clouser Hayes January 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Best aunt ever! Always a smile on her face.. my mother & Cleo were not only sister-in-laws but good friends! Jim Judy & Jan your mother was much loved by your cousins! Sorry for your loss.

  9. Rodney Clouser January 20, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Janice, Judy and Jim,

    A wonderful lady! A great friend to my Mom and Dad. A good cook (church pitch ins and meals at you house). Cleo and Dad could “heckle” each other endlessly and it was always interesting to see who got the last “jab.” Prayers to the family on her passing and at the same time celebration of a long and well served life.

  10. Ronald D. Kelly January 20, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I am sad to hear about aunt Cleo. I also lost my father in law Danetta’s dad 1/18/2022 his funeral is also Saturday at 11:00 to 1:00 the service is at 1:00 pm so sorry we can’t be there. Ronald & Danetta Kelly Ours thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Judy Bradshaw Miller January 21, 2022 at 10:51 am

      Ronnie and Danetta, we are sorry for your family loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

  11. Patty Young January 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Cleo’s passing. I always enjoyed being with her. The “reunions” the brothers and sisters had were much fun. A loving group.
    Love and blessings,
    Patty (Kingery) Young

  12. Julie Avery January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am

    My sincerest condolences for the family’s loss of Cleo. She was a wonderful lady & I adored her so, as did my Mom, Carrol & her brother Bob. Bless her soul & may it live on in the memories of us all.

  13. Betty Susong January 29, 2022 at 5:33 am

    So very sorry for your family loss. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

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