Eileen Bourdet, 86, of Hollister, Calif., passed away suddenly at her residence on Jan. 15, 2008. A native of Montana, Eileen has resided in San Benito County, Calif., since 1985.
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She graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor's degree in business education. While working for the English department head at MSU, she met her husband-to-be, Gene Bourdet, a teacher at Bozeman High School. In August 1945, she and Gene were married.
Besides being a homemaker, Eileen devoted her life to helping and serving others through her active participation in hospice; Fishes & Loaves; the Food Bank; Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary, as a very active worker at the Christmas bazaar and luncheon; and as a Eucharistic minister on behalf of the Catholic community of San Benito County, visiting patients at Mabie Southside Nursing Center. She was happy belonging to a small faith group at St. Benedict/Sacred Heart Church.
In addition to her husband Gene, Eileen is survived by her children: Linda Hurless of Casper, Wyo., James Bourdet (Susan) of Jefferson, Ore., Barbara Nolan (Steve) of Granite Bay, Calif., Michael Bourdet of Encinitas, Calif., and Janet Bourdet of Ontario, Canada. She is also survived by six grandchildren; brothers, John Olson (Katy) and James Olson (Joan) of Montana; sister, Cecilia Winters (Harry) of San Rafael, Calif.; sister-in-law, Janice Rose (the late George Sr.) of Hollister, Calif.; brother-in-law, Leonard Bourdet (Becky) of Fresno, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Jan. 21.
Memorials are preferred to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or to the donor's choice, c/o the mortuary chapel.
Services were provided by Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2008