Eileen Florence (Parks) Rawlins

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9/5/1931-12/28/2012 Eileen F. Rawlins, 81, passed away on December 28, 2012, while in Ohio for Christmas with her loving son Bob, his wife Terese and their children Nicole, Bobby and Faith.

She is survived by devoted adult grandchildren and their spouses, Jordan (Gwen) Rawlins and Justin (Lauren) Rawlins; son, Bob, and wife, Terese and their 3 children, Nicole, Bobby, and Faith. Her loving family in Canada includes Kent (Rachel) Jenkins, Lindsay (May) Jenkins, Terry (Sarah) Jenkins, Grant (Frankie) Jenkins, Rick (Jean) Parks, Bryan Parks and many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great grand-nieces and great grand nephews. Eileen is predeceased by her mother and father, William (Bill) & Florence Parks, her brother Alan Parks and her sister Kathleen (Kay) Jenkins.

Born Sept. 5, 1931, in Ottawa, Canada, Eileen graduated from the Ottawa High School of Commerce at the early age of 16. However, Mom was probably most known and admired as one of the original "IBM Girls" of Ottawa, whose friendships have lasted more than 55 years! This speaks well to the kind of friend my Mom was. Eileen was also a 15+ year member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Laureate Nu Chapter. After her IBM days in Ottawa, she moved to Toms River, New Jersey and began a lengthy career as a legal secretary in the U.S. Court System.

Eileen was a devoted and loving mother. She raised me on her own. She was courageous and committed to being the best she could be, teaching me and applying all the family virtues a son could ever ask for. This is the legacy I am trying to pass on.

There will be a memorial service in Toms River, New Jersey at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Chestnut St. and Old Freehold Road on Wednesday, January 2nd 2013 at 2 PM. There will also be a "Celebration of Life" service in Medina, Ohio at a later date.

As Mom loved all kinds of flowers, please have them delivered to the First United Methodist Church, 129 Chestnut St., Toms River, N.J. 08753 after 8:30 AM Wednesday January 2nd. Those wishing to make a donation may choose a charity of their choice.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 2, 2013
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