April 28, 1930 - April 10, 2022
Eileen Ely passed away on April 10, 2022, in Evansville, Indiana, after a long full life of caring for others in her career and her personal life. Born April 28, 1930, in Evanston, Indiana, Eileen was the 9th of ten children born to William J. and Louise Racine. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Hulda, Norman, Carl, Gilbert, Marie, Rubye, Edward, Wilbur and Robert, as well as by her husband, Kingston Ely. She was preceded in death by her lifelong friend and nursing colleague, Ruby Riley, who passed away in 2019. Surviving family members include many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins, who revered Eileen as a “favorite” aunt. Eileen graduated from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1951. She was a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville from 1951 to 1962, held the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force Nursing Corp from 1957 to 1959. Eileen capped her nursing career at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she worked from 1962 until her retirement in 1986. Eileen enjoyed travel, watching birds, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. A favorite pastime was taking her gardening skills out to help others plant and weed their landscaping, a much-valued hobby she shared with her friend Ruby. After her life began in southern Indiana, Eileen lived in Indianapolis, in Vero Beach, Florida, and in Greenwood, Indiana, before moving finally to Evansville. The family expresses its sincere gratitude to the staff at West River Health Campus in Evansville for their wonderful care of Eileen in her last years. A private memorial service will be held at a later date when the extended family can gather to celebrate Eileen’s life, which she lived as the epitome of the word, “nurse”.
Eileen Ely passed away on April 10, 2022, in Evansville, Indiana, after a long full life of caring for others in her career and her personal life. Born April 28, 1930, in Evanston, Indiana, Eileen was the 9th of ten children born to William... View Obituary & Service Information
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