It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved mother and grandmother after succumbing to a very courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2008.
Mom passed away peacefully with her entire family by her side at the Waverley Care Home in Chilliwack, at the age of 75 years.
Born on December 2, 1932 in Penticton, BC, Eileen was the second child of Margaret Campbell and Bill Johnston.
Prior to her marriage to Milan (Monk) Hrusik on October 25, 1957, mom worked in the secretarial field for the CPR Railway. She moved from North Vancouver to Chilliwack, following her marriage, to begin and raise her family until her passing.
Mom faced her death with incredible courage and dignity and never lost her sense of humour. She loved to work in her yard and garden in prior years before her health started to fail. She had a love of animals, especially birds. Her four grandchildren meant the world to her.
Eileen is survived by daughters; Maureen (Tom) and Denise; son, Danny (Angela); grandchildren: Stephen and Michael Lawn and twins Amy and Cole Hrusik and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Milan (Monk) in 2000; also by her two brothers, Bob Johnston and Dennis Campbell; her parents Margaret Campbell and Bill Johnston and stepfather James (Jimmy) Campbell.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paleta, all of the Fraser Health Palliative Care nurses and home support caregivers; especially Wendy, whose care and compassion made it possible for mom to stay at home for as long as possible during her illness. Also our thanks go to the nurses and staff of the Waverly Senior’s Village, whose kindness, care and compassion made mom’s final days as peaceful and comfortable as possible. We can not thank you enough.
Following cremation, a private family graveside gathering will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2008, Major Larry Farley officiating. She will be laid to rest beside Dad.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or BC Children’s Hospital Fund in memory of mum would be appreciated.
“We love you so much mom and grandma and miss you terribly. Life without you will never be the same. You taught us all so much about what is important in life. Your kind and generous spirit will remain in our hearts until we are all together again.”