Aileen Eccles Gaddy peacefully passed way Nov. 21, 2011. Born July 13, 1922, in Ogden, Utah, she along with her four siblings, Jacqueline, Doone and Bruce, were born to William Jack and Aileen Doon Eccles. They moved to Hood River around 1935 where her father owned and operated the Oregon Lumber Company in Dee, Ore., and the Mount Hood Railroad.
Aileen met and married William (Bill) T. Gaddy. Aileen was preceded in death by her husband in June 1993 and her daughter Doone Gaddy Ginther in January 2007.
Aileen's children, grandchildren and family were the center of her life.
She is survived by her children, Shawn Gaddy Winsor, of Madras Ore., Robin Gaddy Suli, of Portland, Ore., Kim Gaddy Westerman, of Tucson, Ariz., Clay R. Eubank, of Yorkville Calif., and Coya Eubank-Kirby, of Redmond, Wash.
Aileen was blessed with 11 grandchildren: Kealey Smith, Kris Hansen, Dani Suli, Lauren Westerman, Ali Westerman Hart, Cole Westerman, Chvonne Wardrop, Kera Eubank, Jacqueline Eubank, Tyler Kirby and William Kirby. She was also blessed by the arrival of three great-grandchildren, Talulah, Jack and Averie Grace, who was just born Nov. 18, 2011.
Aileen was a librarian at the Hood River County library for more than 25 years and was the resident card catalog expert. Every day she greeted each library patron with a warm smile and a willingness to search the stacks to find that illusive book.
She particularly loved to read books to the children at story hour each week; and it was her voice on your answering machine reminding you to pick up the book you had reserved. She always kept a wary eye on the library lawn where she would walk periodically offering travelers, the lost or anyone, a helping of her famous oatmeal raisin cookies, a hot meal, or clothing to those in need.
She especially had a heart for young people and always had a kind word or a gentle reminder: "Does your mother know where you are?"
She was raised in the tradition of volunteering which lead her to devote many hours to her community. She held a position on the Hood River Memorial Hospital Board for many years. She volunteered tirelessly for several organizations including Hospice of the Gorge and Meals on Wheels.
In lieu of flowers and as a continuation of this volunteer spirit, the family suggests a donation be made to the Friends of the Library, Meals on Wheels or Hospice of the Gorge.
We invite the community to share with us in a celebration of Aileen's life at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hood River, Ore., Dec. 10 at 1 p.m., with refreshment and fellowship to follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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