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Eileen Merrill McClintock


04/25/1922 - 07/30/2014 Obituary
Eileen Merrill McClintock Obituary
Eileen McClintock passed away peacefully at home on July 30 at the age of 92. She was born Eileen Lenore Merrill on April 25, 1922, in Washington D.C., to Col. A.E. Merrill, US Calvary, and Leone McCune Merrill.
As a "military brat," Eileen had the opportunity to grow up in many places including Utah, California, and Wyoming where she truly walked in six feet of snow to go to school. Some of her happiest childhood times were spent with her beloved German Shepherd, Ladybelle, and riding the horses at the army posts where her father was stationed. She played piano, attended Sunday school, and was a Girl Scout (and later a Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter's troop).
Eileen was a member of Eta Upsilon Gamma Sorority at Woodbury College. She met her husband while she was in college in the 1940s. He, a Merchant Marine at the time, was attracted not only by her beauty, but by her intelligence, wit, sense of humor, and the fact that she could play bridge. Eileen loved card games and puzzles of all kinds and excelled at them. She loved sewing (especially for her daughter and her daughter's dolls), knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking, singing old "novelty" songs (to which even at age 92 she still remembered the lyrics), and making her own jams and jellies.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she also worked in many capacities including as a ranch hand, bookkeeper, dental assistant/office manager, and a supervisor for the Kern County Health Department until her retirement.
Eileen loved to read, golf, and dance. She was an avid sports enthusiast for all kinds and levels of sports including horseback riding, swimming and diving, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, and golf. She raised three athletically accomplished children and was their biggest fan. She was also a lover of the theater arts including opera, ballet, and the symphony. She showed her support of all of these fine arts by donating often to PBS and to the Olympics. She was excited to attend the equestrian competition at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Eileen was a talented, intelligent, caring, sister, friend, daughter, wife and mother who loved her family unconditionally. A lover of people and animals, she will be missed very dearly.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Jo Anne McClintock of Bakersfield, son Brian and wife Teresa of Yucca Valley, Rod McClintock of Bakersfield, older sister Ida May Spickard of Sacramento, CA, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great- nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodman E. McClintock, her parents, and her sister Dorothy Lindstrom of Auburn, CA. Sadie, "a wonderful dog" Eileen's last dog in a long line of lovable pets, was a good companion and comfort to her the past several years.
The McClintock Family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful nurses and support staff from Optimal Hospice for all their kindness. Also, our heartfelt thanks go to Aida and Joyce for their immaculate personal in-home care of Mom over the past many years. Their constant help, loyalty, and supremely great attention to Mom's needs made her last years as comfortable as possible.
Happy Trails, Mom, 'til we meet again! Blessed Rest.
Private family services scheduled for future date.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 10, 2014
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