Eleanor Dorothy Eperson Gilchrist

January 28, 1926August 11, 2013

Eleanor passed away on August 11, 2013 at the age 87. Eleanor is survived by her husband of 61 years John (Jack) Gilchrist, their two children David (Louise) and Linda (Eckhart) and their four grandchildren Clayton, Jimmy, Tara and Jessica. Eleanor and Jack married on July 26, 1952 and moved from Ocean Falls to Port Alberni in 1956. Eleanor was a school teacher and taught at Redford school and John Howitt School before retiring in 1984. Eleanor was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She always put her family first and treasured family dinners, holidays, phone calls and visits. Eleanor enjoyed camping, travelling, volunteering and playing many games of cards with her friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 1:00pm. Stories and condolences may be offered at . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society (Ty Watson House), 2649 2nd Ave, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y1Z8, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada at


  • Memorial Service Monday, August 19, 2013

Eleanor Dorothy Eperson Gilchrist

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September 25, 2013

miss eperson was my grade 2 teacher.. only 15 years older than her class.. when she became mrs gilchrist we were all giggly and excited as we were now old enough to know what a wedding was for.. God bless you all.. I am so glad jack and eleanor were happy for all that time and had lovely children and grand children.. as ever.. helene macrae.. xoxoxo

Louise Maughan James

September 25, 2013

Last weekend I stopped in Port Alberni on my way to Tofino to visit an old friend. He asked if I knew a Mrs. Gilchrist who was a teacher in Ocean Falls. I did. She was my first grade teacher in 1954-55 and was the benchmark I used for my teachers every year. All through school Mrs. Gilchrist remained "my favorite teacher". She had been my older brother's teacher as well, but was Miss Eperson then. I may not have seen her since she left Ocean Falls, but I've never forgotten her.

September 8, 2013

Dear Jack and Family...
I have many fond memories of spending time with you and Eleanor over the years, both in Oceans Falls during our younger years, and later on the island. My thoughts are with you.

Sandy Morris, Alabama

Pauline Siegfried

August 19, 2013

with sincere and deep feelings Pauline and Tony Siegfried
We will not forget Eleanor and have many fond memories.

August 18, 2013

Dear Uncle Jack,David,Linda and families.
I have so many wonderful memories of Auntie Eleanor growing up. She loved family and was such a joyful ,loving person. My thoughts are with you all right now , and memories of her are in my heart . Love Alison and Ian xo

Marion Norman

August 18, 2013

Dear Jack, Linda, David & families
Please accept our heart felt condolences at the sad passing of Eleanor. We have very fond memories of our visit which seems only a moment ago, although it has been 3 years. Eleanor was a lovely and kind woman who welcomed us into your home. Our prays & thoughts are with you all.
Much love Marion, Bob & Nicholas xxxx
Whyalla, South Australia

August 17, 2013

Dear Jack, David, Linda and families. We shared great times to-gether- holidays/trips, card clubs and much more and I'll miss her. Although you are grieving now remember the good times. Elaine Hamon.

August 17, 2013

Dear Jack, David, Linda, and families,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Eleanor was a kind and caring woman who will be sorely missed. May your memories comfort you.

Debra (Hamon) Gindis, Jim, and Erik

Karen Newman

August 15, 2013

Dear Jack, Linda and David...
As each day passes, I hope you find comfort in remembering fondly all the happy memories that Eleanor has given you. I remember her as a gentle and loving Mom, always kind and always smiling. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.