Eileen H. Kilpatrick passed away quietly at the home of her son and daughter-in-law on November 12, 2009, while attended to by 3 generations of her descendants. She was 97 years old.
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The first born child of Ira and Alice Wood, Eileen was their only daughter and was born in Anacortes on October 11, 1912. Eileen lived in Anacortes until she was 4 ½ , then moved to Little Port Walters on Baranof Island in Alaska where she and her brother Frank were the only children in the town. At the age of 7, Eileen's family moved back to Lopez Island in Washington State where she began and finished school.
On Lopez Island she met and married her husband, G. Frank Kilpatrick. They were married August 17, 1928 in Bellingham, Washington. On Lopez Island she also gave birth to her daughter Joy and her son Michael. The family left Lopez Island and moved to Seattle in 1936.
She and her husband returned to Anacortes in 1954 and built a house at Dewey Beach. Eileen and Frank Kilpatrick also built a summer beach house on Decatur Island in 1963 and spent many happy days there throughout the subsequent years.
Eileen lived at Chandlers Square for the last two years of her life. Eileen was the Record Department supervisor of King County Department of Welfare for many years. She was an avid gardener, bridge and cribbage player (a game she played for 87 years), and member of Eastern Star.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, her brothers Frank, Ben, Emmett, and her daughter Joy, and son-in-law Art.
Her son Mike and his wife Sally survive her in Anacortes. Eileen also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be given to Christ Episcopal Church or Anacortes Community Theater. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Anacortes on Thursday, November 19 at 1:00 PM. Eileen was one of the first children to be baptized in this church, and it seems fitting that her memorial should be held there as well.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. Condolences may be sent by accessing Evans Funeral Chapel's website at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 17, 2009