Our family is truly thankful for a life well lived as we announce the passing of Eileen Mary Gilmer (Rodford), peacefully at Brockville General Hospital, in her 95th year on April 24th, 2021. Eileen was born on April 22, 1927 to Angus and Florence (Kearns) Rodford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley John Gilmer. She is survived by her children Karen Ince (Alan), Sheldon Gilmer (Stephanie) and Merle Laird (Grant).
She was a proud grandmother to Christopher, Jessica, Allison, Andrew, Kimia, Courtney and Connor, and step-grandmother to Richard, Susan, Stacia, Joel, Lisa, Eva, Hannah, Rachel and Moriah.
She was the adored great-grandmother to her great grandchildren, Ava, Laela, Poppy, Lilah, Meea, Lola, Chloe, Jasmine, Savannah, Evan, Emily, Sebastian, Benjamin, Andrew, Nikki, Robert, Maverick, Axel, Jeremy, Christian, Jordan, and Austin.
Eileen had a rich faith in Jesus Christ which sustained her through life’s trials. She was a long-time member of South Gower Baptist Church and later when she moved to Brockville, of First Baptist Church. She inspired hope, perseverance, and love. She was fiercely proud of her children and she was our teacher right up to her last day. She was a lifelong learner and roused courage and purpose in all who knew her. She said that she would never live long enough to do all that she wanted to do in life.
Gardening was a passion for Eileen, and it kept her moving and motivated. Her backyard was fit for any magazine cover. Her flowers are in many flower beds around the country including being used by the city of Guelph.
For most of her life, Eileen worked in the healthcare field. She was also trained as a hairdresser and a cake decorator. Her interests were many and included anything history related, sewing, cooking and travel. She travelled extensively throughout North America, often on bus trips with good friends. She also travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and spent her 80th birthday at Disney in Florida.
As in Proverbs 31, her children truly called her “blessed”.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville (613-342-2828) where visitation and service was held on Thursday, April 29th.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the First Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.
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