Passing of a Generation

My amazing grandmother:

Eileen Edith *, 98, of Portal, AZ passed peacefully surrounded by family on July 10, 2014. Born in Bexley, Ohio on February 9, 1916 she was the first of Donald W and Edythe M’s three daughters.

Never wealthy she was a giver who only asked that gifts be paid forward. Kind, gentle and patient she accepted life’s challenges with grace. Her smile brightened our lives.

Preceded in death by three husbands David A, John M “Jack”, and Edgar R “Frosty”, long-time partner Tom, sister Betty L, eldest son Adrian D, and great-granddaughter Megan L. Survived by sister Joan E “Jo”, son Lance, daughters Lynne and Paula, nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Eileen will be buried in Savannah, Ohio with a private family memorial in the fall. In her memory, the family simply requests you pay it forward.

*Last names withheld for privacy.

8 thoughts on “Passing of a Generation

  1. Erin Willett

    Thank you, Karen. She was a wonderful woman with oodles of patience. I wish I had even a small dollop of her patience! Her stubbornness I have in spades…

    I will most miss her bright smile and her perfectly timed wry sense of humor.


  2. Paula Ridgway

    You never cease to amaze me Erin. This is a beautiful tribute to my Mother, your Grandmother. Thanks for doing this for Mom, she loves being high tech at last.


  3. Jeanie Albright

    I only knew her for a short time but loved her as if I knew her forever. She was always smiling and bringing happiness to those around her. I will miss her


  4. Lynn Gray

    What a lovely tribute to your grandmother, Erin. It was a treat to see images of her beauty throughout the years. She’s a remarkably gentle and wise soul, and it’s an honor to have known her.


  5. Erin Willett

    We appreciate your kind words, Jeanie. My Grandmother did have that effect on people. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.


  6. Peggy Parrish

    Erin, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. I am Frosty’s granddaughter and thought so highly of Eileen. God has been nudging me about her and reminding me what a gentle soul she was. I came back to your blog this morning to possibly see how she was doing to find this post. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. You were lucky to have her in your life.


  7. Erin Willett

    Thank you for your kind words, Peggy. Grandma was an incredible woman – she was a great example to me. If I had an only ounce of her patience, I’d be a better person! Though we know she is in a better place, she is sorely missed.


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