Eileen Mary PALMER

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1922 - 2013.

A heart of gold stopped beating.

It is with much love and great sadness our family announces the peaceful passing of our Mom, Eileen Palmer at Langley Memorial Hospital on April 14, 2013.

Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Bridget and George; her first husband Bob, who was killed in 1943 while serving in the RAF during the war; and John, her devoted husband of 66 years on June 27, 2011.

Eileen met John while working in an aircraft manufacturing plant in England where they both worked as riveters during the war. After starting a family in England, they left for Canada, and a better life, with two children in tow. After 7 years in Vancouver, and two more children, they bought a 10 acre farm in Brookswood on a gravel road called Carvolth where Eileen added one more to her brood and enjoyed her life as a 'country mom'.

Eileen was an incredibly active volunteer in the community and over the years served on the Langley Memorial Hospital Board (3 yrs), LMH Foundation (6 years), LMH Auxiliary (since 1962), the LMH Gift Shop (20 yrs), Penny Pinchers (since 1981). She worked at Langley's first radio station, CJJC, and subsequently for Dr. Nataros for 32 years.

Eileen was awarded Langley's Senior Citizen in 2007. She received an Award from the City of Langley for 45 years of volunteer service, and received the "Above and Beyond" award from the Fraser Health Authority, in 2012.
Eileen leaves a legacy in the form of five children, Ralph (Beth), Marion (Norm), Ray (Linda), Colin (Leigh), and Greg (Diana); 10 grandchildren, David (predeceased), Doug (Rosie), Lindsay (Frank), Robert (Nicole), David (Amanda), James, Desiree, Tyson, Ryan and Mark; and six great- grandchildren, Cassidi, Jesse, Sienna, Violet, Layla, and Nathan. She also leaves behind a semi-spiritual cat named Nipper who will now be cared for by family.

It is impossible to put into words how loving and caring Mom was. She was, above all, a devoted and amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed for her kind and caring heart, her words of inspiration, wisdom and encouragement, her generosity and creativity, but most of all, for the love she gave unconditionally to her family. She was a woman with a great sense of humour, an adventurous spirit and incredible self-determination (oh yes, she could be a tad stubborn).

Mom embraced the end of her earthly life and looked forward to her new journey and to once again be with loved ones of the past.

Mom, we always smiled whenever Dad would compliment you on another great dinner with a "Very good Eileen". Today, we, your family, reflect on the wonderful lives you prepared for us, and say "You did great Mom".

It was Mom's, and Dad's, wishes that there be no funeral or formal ceremony.
The family, however, will be gathering at Mom's place (20448 Park Avenue, Langley) on Saturday May 4th at 1:00 PM for an informal gathering of family and friends. Mom loved flowers and would enjoy receiving some in memory. In lieu of flowers, Mom would be pleased to have a donation made on her behalf to the SPCA, PETA, or SISTERS OF ATONEMENT.

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