Eileen Merna Asher

Eileen Merna Asher

Eileen Merna Asher

1925-2015

Eileen passed away September 9, 2015, following a short unexpected illness.

Eileen was born in the one-grainery town of Fenn, Alberta. She grew up in Calgary and subsequently moved to Vancouver at the start of the war, where she worked for Boeing Aircraft. It was at Boeing, while working on the Canadian-built PBY Anti-submarine Bomber, that she met Collin Asher. In the late forties, Eileen and Collin chose the Creston Valley to marry and raise a family.

Eileen always had a respected work ethic. She was employed for a time in administration for the Town of Creston, then for awhile she managed the Paradise Motel (for those old enough to remember). During the summers for a number of years she managed a fruit farm. For almost 16 years she assisted Alex Ewashin at Jual Auction, entertaining the crowds with her antics, enticing bidders to bid -up the displayed items. Eileen finally retired after working more than 17 years at the Creston Valley Advance.

Following Collin’s death, Eileen met dancing enthusiast Folke Agren and they spent many active years clogging around the valley and wintering in California until his passing.

Eileen remained inspiringly active in this community throughout her life. She belonged to too many local organizations to mention here. She was an avid quilter and adept at all manner of crafts. She loved home canning for family and friends and left us enough preserves to last for years.

Eileen, to the end, remained a very active dancer with the cloggers, square dancers, line-dancers and ballroom dance groups and enthusiast throughout the valley. Eileen kept active right up to the time of her illness practicing Tai Chi and aqua-fit.

Above all, Eileen was absolutely dedicated to the welfare of her family and friends. At 90 years of age she had just renewed her driver’s licence and she continued to drive all who asked, to local appointments, card tournaments and a myriad of other functions and activities throughout the valley. Virtually all who knew Eileen loved her dearly.

Eileen is survived by her children Nordin, Bryon and LeeLane, as well as her grandchildren Cael, Loren, Nina and Allen, and one great-grandson Felix. She will be sorely missed by all.


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