Eileen Bannatyne

Eileen Bannatyne

Eileen Wilhelmina Bannatyne

(nee Wutzke)

1929 – 2013

With great sadness, Eileen’s family announces her passing on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, British Columbia at the age of 84 after a short illness.

Eileen was born on June 6, 1929 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was one of eight children born to Gustave and Augusta Wutzke. Eileen was married on June 7, 1949 to James McLean Bannatyne. They owned the Quill Lake Hotel in Saskatchewan until they moved to Wimmer where they owned and operated the general store. Eileen and James’ four children were born in Quill Lake. They moved their family to Kimberley, BC in 1959. Eileen had a love hate relationship with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Vancouver Canucks, loving them when they won and hating them when they lost. She also enjoyed watching curling on TV and cheering on the Canadian teams. Eileen enjoyed spending her winters at her home in Arizona until this year. One of her greatest joys in life was watching her grandchildren grow and being able to help them out.

Eileen will lovingly be remembered by her four children Ed (Patti), Jay (Sherree), Barbara (Dennis) and Bob (Wendy), her grandchildren Denny, Vicki, Jamie, Clayton, Brandi, Sean, Christopher, Derek, Robert and Bryan as well as her eight great grandchildren and her sisters Adeline, Gladys, Lillian, Doreen, Violet and Martha. Eileen was predeceased by her husband James “Jim” in 2007 as well as her parents Gustave and Augusta and her brother Walter.

A memorial service for Eileen will be held at the Kimberley United Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Those wishing to honour Eileen’s life with a memorial donation may do so to the: East Kootenay Regional Hospital Palliative Care Team, 13 – 24th Avenue North, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 3H9.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

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