by Paula Malone
Eileen was destined to be an amazing mother. The eldest daughter of 10 children, she was born Eileen Theresa Marie on April 30, 1932 in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada to Albertine and Albert Gauthier. She joined her two older brothers, Ernie and Russell. The little family of five began to grow when Sylvia was born, four years later. She was followed by Lloyd then Stan. Sadly, when Lloyd was just a toddler, he was tragically killed in a vehicle accident. He was like Eileen’s baby, and she and the family mourned him deeply. The family then moved to Sudbury, where Lorraine was born, and Grandpa Gauthier worked in the coal mines. Finally, the family moved to Hamilton, where Sharon, Paul and Jim were born, and the Gauthier family was complete.More about Eileen
1 o'clock in the afternoon• September 30th, 2017
A ceremony in which Eileen's ashes will be interned. Family and friends are welcome to join us at the cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately (see below for details).
7845 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92869
You may not know this but I am named after Eileen! Growing up, we knew her as Aunt Terrie rather than Eileen. My middle name is Theresa and my mother, Sylvia was never shy of reminding me of my connection to auntie. I believe Eileen was as close as anyone was to my mom. I know Sylvia often spoke of her sister in fondness and with pride. I can remember how excited she would get to visit with you - a feeling which certainly caught up with me as well!
I can recall many great outings and visits with my cousins and of course Uncle Bob who was certainly one of my favorite Uncles. I recall how touched my mom was by some small thing Eileen had done for her - whether gift or deed, she loved her sister. This was clear to me. One memory I have of Eileen had to do with her answer to a rather cheeky question I had, upon entering a sparkling all white living room I asked how did she keep it so clean? Leaning in towards me she replied - straight as can be - she said " easy! Don't spill anything " and laughed, I'll not forget the look in her eyes as they twinkled with mischief! Of course there are many other things I recall, like when, as a very young child, I came to visit in Oregon and fell ill and how kind and concerned, how gently she treated me. I was so scared after being ill on her furniture. All she was worried about was that I would feel better. I had expected to be in deep trouble, but instead she very tenderly washed my face and brought me to bed. I never forgot how well she treated me that visit - my first time away from home, on a plane by myself. She treated me like I was family. Another first for me!
Rest in Peace Auntie. I hope you and Sylvia are sitting again, poolside, enjoying each others company once more.Andrea Nellis
Nothing can replace the only person you called mom. As you carry her love for you she will be with you always. Each day will get a little easier but the ache never goes away.
Whenever I try to decorate, I think of your mom and the look she would give me when something just wasn't quite right with my choices. Makes me smile.Peggy Chase
It feels strange sending a text, after something so significant happened. My heart is very heavy with yours. Eileen was a lovely woman. I have very fond memories of her helping me remodel my condo in 2005. That was a big change in my life, shortly after my divorce, and she was so wonderful. Such a sense of humor she had, and I needed that.
I will always remember her as a smiling woman, full of fun and perhaps a little mischief. She had a twinkle in her eye. I'm thankful that you were able to be with her at the very end. She knows how much you loved her, that is certain. I am sending you all my thoughts and prayers, today and going forward. Grateful too, for the memories we shared together.Love Missy
Mom and her older brothers in Penetanguishene, Ontario ?
Photo taken or at least developed in 1955 of Eileen and two of her sisters in Ontario, Canada.
Eileen and Bob met at a dance. She came with someone else but left with Bob whom she considered a great dancer.
Eileen with her future first husband and father of Paula and Brian in Ontario, Canada
Top row has Russ on the left and Bob on the right. Eileen is 3rd from the left with her sister Sylvia on right and her Mom on her left in Ontario, Canada
Eileen and Bob were married at the minister's home in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mom in her first wedding dress.
Eileen and Bob
Photo taken or developed in 1955.
Scanned from an old negative.
Mom poses for photo outside their Garden Grove, California home. Mom displays what will be become a life-long affinity for white pants.
Eileen, Donna and Leary in Big Bear, California
Eileen with new born grandson, Connor.
Nancy, Eileen, Paula and Sharon.
Melissa, Paula, Eileen and Elisa
Grandson visits on a birthday in the care home.
Gerry, Eileen, Duchess, June, Paula, Sandy and Brian visiting California before moving to Canada.
Big Bear, California
Married in Laguna Beach, California
Posing with vintage car on a trip back to Canada.
Dan, Eileen and Uncle Pat
Daughter and mother on a camping trip.
Eileen and sister Lorraine visit at Paula's house.
Brian and Eileen on a family dinner out near the care home.
Brian has borrowed his Dad's belt and is confident he will one day be taller than his big sister.
July, 2005. Mom nearly perishes from happiness.
December wedding before Rich is deployed. Mom is excited to have a child finally marry and redoubles her production of hand-knitted baby items.
At Paula's wedding in Laguna Hills, California
Brian eats all of the berries while holding the family hostage with pistol.
Lorraine, Eileen, and big brother Ernie at a welcome party for Brian's wedding.
Attending Brent and Peggy's wedding in Laguna Beach, California. Mom hopes her children will marry soon and tells her son daily.
Elisa, Brian and his Mom in Idaho in 2005
Mom shows off hair styling acumen in her passport photo without the aid of a bump it.
Grandson Connor pulls his own chair up next to Eileen's to share some television time on Thanksgiving in November.
Eileen in bedroom in California
Christmas time in San Juan Capistrano, California circa 1986
Mom shows off Dad's big catch and her white jeans at East Lake, Oregon.
Paula's first day of school photo ruined by Brian who casually picks his nose to show his disdain for white pants.
Eileen with father, mother.
Paula, Eileen, sister Sharon and niece Andrea.
Paula with Muffy, Eileen and Brian during pool construction in Walnut, California.
Birthday at Paula's in Orange, California.
Eileen and Brother Paul.
Mom experiments with yellow pants for family bike ride in Huntington Beach, California.
Eileen and Brian outside care home in Mission Viejo, California
Windy day in Oregon outside the hospital where Bob is. Brian is unsure of Grandma's photographic and cooking abilities as the night before she fed him a blueberry pie with salt substituted for sugar.
Paula and mom at the beach where Mom takes a break from knitting for her future grand children.
Dad writes on back of photo "My two loves in front of our trailer."
Aunt Vera holding Brian. Mom ensures a family member is wearing white pants while experimenting with the fashion of the day.
New Year's Eve
One of dozens of appointments that Mom endures with a smile.
Mom and Dan are married.
Eileen, Nancy, brothers Paul and Jim. Dad steals a look at everyone's cards by taking a photo. Paul looks on knowingly.
A family event. From left Brian, Grandpa Albert, Mom (hiding), Dad holding beer over Grandma's head and making it look like it's Pat. Front row: Paula, David, Lorraine, Grandma, Rich, Sharon and Jim.
House in Walnut.
Mom's favorite car in Tonawanda, New York
Eileen and Mary Gwen in Mission Viejo, California. White pants not shown.
Eileen and Bettie. Mom is sad she didn't wear white pants for photo.
In California we go to the snow for fun.
Leary, Donna, Dad and Eileen plus other at the Colorado River in 1961. Mom wishes for children (and white pants.)
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