Eileen Johnston of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice in Kennewick, Washington on March 21, 2017. She was born in Marquette, Michigan on May 4, 1923 to Albert and Olive (Greenleaf) Perow. Eileen was a 1941 Sault High graduate and went to St. Luke's School of Nursing in Marquette, Michigan. She worked at War Memorial Hospital for 27 years, and retired to Florida with her husband, Harry, where they lived until 2007. She again resided in Sault Ste. Marie until moving to Washington State to be near her daughter, Coleen, and family in 2015. Eileen is survived by her daughter Coleen (Eric) Bickel of West Richland, Washington, step-daughters Nancy (Russell) Miller of Niceville, Florida, Cynthia (Bill) McKee of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Janis (Jeff) Saari of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and step-son Michael (Elaine) Johnston of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Eileen was a caregiver all her life, caring for her baby brother, mother and grandmother as a young girl. She chose a life of care giving as a nurse at War Memorial Hospital in Labor and Delivery and the Surgery/Surgical units. She enjoyed social occasions and was a past member of Red Hat Society, St. Joseph's Auxiliary, Elk's Auxiliary, and Elders. She was also a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary. She was an excellent cribbage player and enjoyed movies with her friend Audery, and Broadway shows and musicals. Her favorite television show was the Carol Burnett Show which made her laugh hysterically. She enjoyed travel programs that showed her the world as she did not get to travel as much as she would have liked. She loved her family fiercely and took every opportunity to send a card with a treat or a dollar bill just to let us know she was thinking of us. We will miss her laugh and her thoughtful loving guidance. Preceding her in death are her first husband Robert W. Conner II, and her second, Harry Z. Johnston, son Robert W. Conner III, and brother Daniel Perow. Visitation will be held at Hovie Funeral Home on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. There will be a celebration of her life and open microphone for tributes at 6:30 p.m. The evening will end with prayers at 6:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Michael Chenier as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. Memorials may be left to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or your local hospice.
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