Eileen was born at home, in the Coldstream, in what is now the “Tassie” house. Eileen was one of four children, of Irish descent and grew up surrounded by apple orchards and rose gardens! She had fond memories of walking down Aberdeen Road to school, swimming in the Gray Canal and being chosen May Day princess one year.
On May 17th, 1937, Eileen married Les Pointer and they honeymooned at Sugar Lake. Eileen and Les had two children, Arlene and Robert. They eventually settled on Mill Road in Whitevale and Eileen ran a small grocery store while Les worked. After they closed the store, Eileen took care of her grandchildren and learned to drive a car in her sixty’s! Widowed in 1992, Eileen carried on enjoying traveling and keeping busy with the Lumby OAP where she was given a life membership. She loved bingo, bowling, cards, reading and bus trips. There always was time for a cup of tea and she loved to have people drop in. She had a great sense of humour, positive attitude and was someone who wasn’t afraid to state her opinion! She was a smart dresser and a sociable lady who loved to go out shopping and for lunch with family and friends.
After numerous strokes, she could no longer live on her own. Eileen spent her final years at Noric House, where she was lovingly cared for by their dedicated staff. Eileen will be sadly missed by her daughter, Arlene (Ben) Eckert; son, Robert (Pat); six grandchildren: Jody (Randy) Pentland, Jill (Stan) Neumann, Jay (Russell) Sawatzky, Stephanie (Joe) Milic, Marilee (Rob) Hart, Waylon Pointer (Tia); eight great grandchildren: Jason, Randee, Emily, Jake, Kirsten, Megan, Thomas and Julia; and one great-great grandchild, Carey.
Those who wish to do so may make a donation in her memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a Charity of your choice. A “Tea” in her honour will be held on Sunday, November 28 at the Lumby OAP Hall from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring your stories to share with her family and friends.