Eileen Mary Woodfill

Born May 20, 1922

Eileen Mary (Gaffney) Woodfill (92)

Eileen died peacefully surrounded by family on June 2, 2014. An only child, Eileen was born May 20, 1922 to Patrick and Florence Gaffney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eileen survived a difficult birth as she was the one of the first babies to be in a new hospital incubator. Eileen moved several times with her parents, living in New York, Texas and Minnesota. Eileen attended St. Mary’s Academy in Texas and later graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis. Prior to marriage she attended Business College and worked for the Draft Board in Minneapolis during the early years of World War II. Eileen married Lyle Thomas Woodfill on September 6, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During their marriage the couple moved several times. Beginning in Minnesota, later to Spokane, then to the Chicago area and finally returning to Spokane in 1964. Eileen retired from the Crescent and had an athletic club membership from the ages of 67 to 90 and she was an avid walker. She enjoyed providing gifts through the Tree of Sharing for many years and knitting with her friends from the St. Augustine knitting group. She was dearly nicknamed “The Pink Lady”. Eileen and Lyle enjoyed many scenic drives from Canada to California. The couple regularly attended retreats at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. Eileen and Lyle were married for 67 years and had 8 children. Eileen was preceded in death by her spouse Lyle, granddaughter Chelsea, son Joseph and daughter Susan Riggs. Eileen is survived by her sister-in-law Bernardine Jensen (Dallas, Texas). Her children Dennis & Kea Woodfill (Spokane), Patricia Powell (Spokane), Elizabeth Woodfill (Spokane), Nancy Wuitschick (Spokane), John Woodfill (Spokane) and Mary Woodfill (Spokane). Her grandchildren Shawn Riggs (Wenatchee), Chad & Amy Riggs (Spokane), Patrick Riggs (Portland), Kaye & Aaron Dingfield (Spokane), Wysteria & Matthew Edwards (Kennewick), Kylee and Mike Fisher (Spokane), Michael Woodfill (Spokane) and Anna Patyk (Spokane). Great grandchildren Kelsey Riggs (Wenatchee), Meagan Riggs (Cashmere), Martin Riggs (Wenatchee), Bradley Riggs (Wenatchee), Dylan Riggs (Spokane), Jonathan Edwards (Kennewick), Benjamin Edwards (Kennewick), Jack Dingfield (Spokane), Kendalynn Fisher (Spokane) and Zoe Dingfield (Spokane). Additionally, there are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews of several generations. Eileen will be greatly missed by both family and friends. The vigil service is Sunday, June 15th at 7:00 pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 16th at 10:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church 428 W. 19th Avenue, Spokane.


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Nona Hardan

July 4, 2014

Eileen was a remarkable woman. It was a joy to have known her. She will be deeply missed.

Sr. Marybeth,SMMC

June 16, 2014

To the Woodfill family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Eileen-my sincerest sympathy.

June 16, 2014

I am blessed to have gotten the chance to meet her. What a lovely lady. My condolences for your loss.

Emily Konrad

Jean Hutton (Adam)

June 12, 2014

Betty & family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom & sister Suzie's passings. I have of late started reading the Spokane paper & so glad I did. Even though it has been 40 yr. plus I still remember your Mom & her kind ways with all of us "kids underfoot". Prayers for you & your family.

Debbie Medlen

June 12, 2014

I will miss your mom everyday but look forward to seeing her again someday. I feel blessed to have called her my family and friend. My prayers and love to all of you

Sharon Ivers-Meduna

June 12, 2014

To The Woodfill Kids,
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My folks spoke so highly of her. And, of course they lived with your grandma on 56th and Grand Avenue after
WWII. It's like we are all related to each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We lost our Mom a year ago. It's a profound loss for sure. I did not know your Susie had passed. Please know we share your loss.

The Ivers Kids. (Sharon and Jackie)

Cheryl Eckenroth

June 12, 2014

I never had the opportunity to meet Eileen. She was married to my cousin, Lyle. I know you will deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers to my Woodfill cousins.

Patty Severud

June 11, 2014

I loved to sit by Eileen on our knitting nights. We talked, laughed and shared memories about living in Chicago and the old Crescent Dept. store, especially the immaculate restrooms! I will miss her giggle, her familiar perfume and the love she gave to all of us. She was a lovely lady and I was blessed to have her in my life.

June 11, 2014

Dear family,

Thank you for calling and letting me know of you mothers passing. Sorry I can not be at the vigil or funeral.

She was indeed a special lady and I have fond memories of times with her.

I will treasure even more now the ceramic angel ornament she made me for my Christmas tree.


Tamie Evers