Eileen was born in 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio to Joe and Josephine Boehnlein and she attended Catholic school and high school there. After graduation, she worked in the school office before taking a job at a furniture store, where she met her future husband, Wes Smith. They were married in May of 1943. He was in the Navy and they traveled to Bremerton, Washington and later, to Farragut, Idaho, where they were stationed. It was at Farragut that their first child David was born. Later, they moved to West Seattle and eventually made their home in Bellevue, Washington. By then, they had 2 more children, James and Patricia.
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Eileen was a great homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was active in her church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, Washington. She and Wes loved to dance and she was passionate about gardening and tropical fish. She was feisty and always let you know how she felt about everything. She was very energetic and lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, as well as by her grandchildren and gr-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don, her husband Wes, both her son James and daughter Patricia, as well as her grandson, Todd. She is survived by her son David (Ellen) of Roberts, MT.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Willows where she made her home for the last nearly 2 years. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date in Bellevue, Washington.