Eileen Forester, 86, of Bozeman peacefully passed on to the ultimate life on Sunday, June 1, 2008. She was born to Herbert and Nona Butcher on June 8, 1922, in Noble, Okla.
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She married Dick Forester in 1946 as he began his career in the United States Air Force.
Eileen was a dedicated wife, mother of their three children, and friend to many. She was an accomplished musician, playing organ at the Glasgow Air Force Base Church in Glasgow in the early 1960s. She discovered she had a love for painting in the late 1960s when the family lived in Billings.
In 1978, Dick and Eileen moved to their country home near Clyde Park, where Eileen recorded the beautiful landscape on canvas and enjoyed gardening. In 1993, Dick and Eileen settled in a home nestled in the quaking aspens of Bozeman. They found old friends and expanded their circle of new friends through Hope Lutheran Church and their neighbors. During these past years, she was a tireless and loving caregiver for Dick during his time of greatest need. Eileen, as well as Dick, received the gift of caregiving from their friend, Jennifer Menk.
Eileen is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Butcher; sister, Altha Caddell; and husband, Dick.
She is survived by daughter, Jan (Ken) Walters; granddaughter, Jillian Walters; son, Rick Forester (Karla Mills); daughter, Sue Forester (Bob Falle); granddaughter, Andrea Falle; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Hope Lutheran Church, 210 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena.
Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 4 to June 6, 2008