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Eileen Ethington was born in a farmhouse outside of Clay Center, Nebraska to Oliver and Clara Schliep. She was the youngest of 4 children. She attended Clay Center Public Schools and upon graduation she moved to Lincoln, NE. She was employed at a bank in Lincoln and made several lifelong friends. While living in Lincoln, NE, she met Ron Ethington. They were married and have celebrated 56 years of marriage. They lived in many communities and were blessed by having met great friends in each community. They have 3 children, Andrea, Matt (Raimy), and Robyn. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren, Olivia, Maxwell, Grey, Milan, and Grant. She enjoyed listening to them play in a band, attending their sporting events, watching their horseback riding lessons and many other activities.
She is also survived by her oldest brother and his wife, Wesley and Marilyn and sister in laws, Fran and Shirley. She is survived by a plethora of other family members including nieces, nephews, and cousins who she cherished dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Duane, a sister Ardis and her husband Don, nephews Bruce and Jake and niece Tayler.
Eileen had an incredible capacity to love, finding the good and the humor in all situations. That was coupled with a great wit; she loved to be surrounded by friends, family and to laugh. After her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer God blessed her family and friends with 45 days to ensure that they could let her know of the love and magic she brought into their lives. She peacefully passed away in her home surrounded with love. She was able to tell her family goodbye and for them to tell her goodbye. Her family asks that you also follow the advice she gave to her grandkids, “in all that you do, treat others always with kindness (even when you don’t want to), you will never regret being kind”. She raised her family in the Lutheran Church as she was. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was a Youth Sponsor amongst other church activities. During the last days of her life, she relied heavily on her faith in Jesus as her Savior and took respite in knowing that she would have eternal life.
A funeral is being planned for April 20th at 11:00 am at Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta, GA, a small luncheon fellowship following. The service may be streamed at this website address https://cts.org/media/live .
Another celebration of life will be held in Clay Center, Nebraska at a later date. If you are so inclined, memorials can be made to Pancan.org to fund research for pancreatic cancer, or to your favorite charity in Eileen’s name.