Alice Eileeen Engelbretson

July 5, 1939

August 6, 2023

Eileen Engelbretson, formerly known as Eileen Padfield, sadly departed from this world on August 6, 2023, at the age of 84. She peacefully passed away in the comfort of her own home after a brief battle with cancer. During her final moments, she was surrounded by love, with her devoted husband of sixty four years, Alfred (Alf), and her daughter, Barbara Blatchford, by her side. Eileen had a deep passion for traveling and gardening, but above all, she found true purpose in teaching. Believing that the well-being and potential of children were paramount to shaping our future, she dedicated her long career to nurturing and empowering them to strive for excellence. The lasting impact of her exceptional teachings was evident in the warm greetings she received from appreciative former students whenever she ventured into town. The radiant smile and friendly disposition that characterized Eileen will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Despite the tremendous sorrow brought by the loss, Eileen’s son-in-law Marten, the husband of Barbara, made it a priority to provide unwavering support and encouragement by calling her daily from British Columbia. The absence of Eileen will be deeply felt by her only grandson, Brenden, who cherished the love and guidance she bestowed upon him. In her immediate family circle, Eileen leaves behind her dear brother, Ken Padfield, and his wife Betty. Regrettably, she was preceded in death by her beloved sister Gloria Small, who was married to Rob, as well as her brother Rick Padfield and his wife Janice Adams.

As per Eileen’s expressed wishes, no formal service will be held to honor her memory. Instead, her remains will be laid to rest in Western Canada at a later date. Although her physical presence may be gone, the impact Eileen made during her lifetime will continue to echo in the hearts of all those she touched.

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