October 9, 1921 ~ February 16, 2017
On February 16, 2017 Eileen Vincent passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 95 years at Crest View Care Village in Creston, B.C.
Eileen was born October 9, 1921 in Gladstone Manitoba. She was raised on a farm in the district of Palestine where she met the love of her life George. They were married on October 1, 1939 and soon after George joined the RCAF. They had four sons; Geordie, Douglas, Michael and Gerald. Eileen often found herself raising the boys on her own while George was away serving his country as a flying officer, a survival instructor and later as a conservation officer. They moved a total of 43 times during their time together. Their final destination was that of Creston B.C. in 1988 where they moved into a beautiful log home which was a dream come true for her. She loved the house and the surrounding area and Creston was the longest they had remained in any one location throughout their entire married life.
She loved her family and enjoyed all the many family gatherings. She excelled at cooking and was especially known for her sour cream raisin pie and gramma’s buns. There never was a family gathering without the presence of these two specialty items.
She was a loving, caring, sensitive woman who found a creative means of expression in the form of poetry. She wrote many beautiful poems about her life, her children, and grandchildren. Her book of poetry entitled “Half Forgotten Things” was published for her 85th birthday by her son Douglas V. Vincent. Being an avid reader, she was seldom seen relaxing without a book in her hand.
Two of the highlights in her life were a trip in 2000 to England, Ireland and Scotland and a trip to P.E.I. in 2006 for a tour of the island and to see an Anne of Green Gables performance – childhood dreams realized.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband George in 2004; her mother Norma (Haney) Clayton in 1941; by her father Reg Clayton in 1981; by her son Douglas in 2016; brothers Vaughan, Ray and Gerry Clayton; and sister Elinor Heiman.
She will be greatly missed by her sons: Geordie (Betty Lynn) of Neepawa, Manitoba, Michael (Kathy) of Creston, B.C., Gerald (Teri) of Kamloops, B.C.; daughter-in-law Maureen of Vernon, BC; grandchildren: Corrie Bauml (Rob) and their children Cathou and Cailee; Wendy Magnus (Brent) and their children Brandon, Abby, and Holly; Sarah Spoor (Vince); Tim Vincent (Pam) and their children Kael, Marlaina, Sage, Chloe and Desiree; Damien Vincent and his children Joshua, Andrew and Justin; Tyler Vincent; Heidi Vincent (Simon) and daughter Truly; Denise McKinley (Dean) and children Aaron, Annalise, Jaryd and Syerra; Kate Vincent; Thomas Vincent; Tessa Pullan and son Josh; Shannon Vincent (Neil Ens); Shaun Vincent (Michelle) and daughter Emily; and Matt Mayes (Ashley).
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
I wish to be remembered long after I am gone,
To be remembered for the love we have known,
For the laughter we have shared together,
And even for the bad times we have weathered
All the stormy days and sunny days of life.
But I am not ready to go just yet
For I have not done all the things I want to do.
I wish to be remembered but first I ask for forgiveness
For any wrong I have done here on earth,
For the things I should have done but didn’t do;
For all the kind things I thought but didn’t say
We go so swiftly through our allotted days
Not stopping to see, or hear, or understand.
I will not go until my world is put to right.
Yes, I wish to be remembered long after I am gone
Praying that I will have helped someone along the way,
Or left some tiny seeds of wisdom here and there
To grow and be nourished in the coming years,
Or have gladdened someones heart, enriched their soul
Or left some smiles of happiness in passing –
Perhaps then I can go, knowing I deserve
To be remembered
By Eileen Vincent, 2001