Eileen York, beloved wife of Robert York of Galveston, passed away peacefully just after midnight on April 27th, at the UTMB Hospice Center in Galveston.
Eileen was born in Somerset, Colorado on December 3, 1933 and resided there until she and her family moved to Texas in 1951. Eileen was a longtime resident of Galveston and she loved the city. She worked from 1962 to 1969 at American National Insurance in the keypunch department. After leaving that job, she went to work for many years at the United Way of Galveston, where she met so many friends and associates and from which she eventually retired.
As a longtime resident of Galveston, Eileen enjoyed so many aspects of the island. She loved the various people that became her close friends who lived on the island, she loved to tour the homes, and she enjoyed the many cultural events here. She loved to travel, especially to her home state of Colorado, to visit family.
Eileen was a member of Moody Methodist Church and was active in the Agape Sunday School class.
Eileen is preceded in death by her father and mother, Donald and Elizabeth Heddles; brother, Ronald (Bud) Heddles and Stanley Heddles; sister, Lillian Heddles; infant daughter, Elizabeth O’Neil; and stepson, Richard A. York.
Eileen is survived by her loving and devoted husband of five years, Robert York of Galveston; siblings, Lois Hutchins, Richard (Dick) Heddles, Margaret Benham, and Ray Heddles; her sons who will miss her greatly: Tommy O’Neil and wife, Janie; Donny O’Neil and wife, Susan; Larry O’Neil and wife, Jo Lynn; Terry O’Neil and Christine Fontenot; and Gary O’Neil and wife, Andrea; stepchildren: Diana Jordan, Robert L. York and wife, Marilyn, Michael L. York, and Timothy W. York and wife, Chris; her grandchildren, who were the loves of her life: Donny, Danny, Robert and Garrett O’Neil along with Julie De Los Santos; great grandchildren: Emily, Mason, and Jordan O’Neil, Nicolas, Brisa, Antonio, and Isabel Larralde; 15 step grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
As per her wishes, there will be no service or memorial, but her ashes will be scattered in Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eileen’s name to the United Way of Galveston, 2200 Avenue D, #850, Galveston, TX 77550.