Eileen, born in the Yukon passed away peacefully in Nelson BC.
She will be lovingly missed by her daughters, Cindy and Cathy and her son Ken, her grandchildren Christina, Ashlee, Lenetta, Carl, three great grandchildren and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Carl and her eldest son Don.
Eileen saw a lot of change over the years, and through this, she demonstrated how to go with the flow. During the trials of living off the land in the pioneer days of the Yukon, she developed a great sense of humour. Her early childhood taught her the value of hard work and respecting the environment. During this time, she discovered her love for fishing, camping, and picnicking.
Throughout her life, Eileen tried her hand at being a nursing aid during the war, cutting firewood for the river boats and owning and operating a rural gas station with her lifelong husband Carl. This was the beginning of a period of challenging entrepreneurial ventures in the Carmacks, Yukon area. And she still had time to raise 4 children.
All of the kids have fond memories of hunting with their parents at Mt. Nansen near Carmacks. Some of Eileen’s favorite expressions were “keep your chin up”, “we’re burning daylight”, and “it’s not July yet”.
Eileen was many things; a ready smile for a stranger, a hunter of a good deal, a gentle seeker of new ideas, and a bastion of love and courage to her family.
Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at the Jubilee Manor for their outstanding care.
A small intimate gathering was held on Sunday Sept 15.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.