Eileen Rouse, age 99, of 2130 Harrison, Quincy, died Wednesday on July 11, 2018, at 5:06 am in Blessing Hospital.
Eileen graduated from Palmyra High School and Hannibal-LaGrange College, where she participated in sports and received a varsity letter. She was employed at Gardner-Denver in Quincy after college and that was how she met Danny. After their marriage, Eileen stayed at home to raise her family before eventually joining Danny in the office at the D.H. Rouse company.
Eileen was a long time member of the Spring Lake Country Club and she truly loved to golf. In fact, she loved playing golf so much that she couldn’t imagine anyone not playing every chance they had. On the golf course she was distinguishable by her huge back swing. Eileen possessed a competitive spirit which served her in playing other games as well. She was a member, for over 50 years, in a bridge group which originated while she was working at Gardner Denver. She also played in a gin club and later in life she enjoyed playing dominoes with old friends and new friends at Good Samaritan. Eileen celebrated her 60th year in PEO Chapter F.H. in 2012.
Eileen was a perfectionist in everything she did, from sewing clothes and reupholstering furniture to working along side her husband, Danny, when building their homes. She was known to run her hand over finished wood surfaces to make certain they were smooth to the touch. She was raised on a farm and was accustomed to and valued hard work; to which she attributed her physical well being as she aged. She also had a lifelong love for flowers and found great beauty in nature.
In their retirement years, Danny and Eileen enjoyed RV camping. They were members of a local camping club and also spent many winters in both Texas and Arizona where they were able to enjoy time with their daughter, Jill, and her family.
Eileen was always a friend. She loved and was deeply loved by her husband, and all of her family and friends. Eileen will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail (Dr. Richard) Vance of Quincy and Jill (Dean) Hunter of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Cara (Michael) Strashnov of Union City, NJ and Cory and Wyatt Law, both of Phoenix, AZ; two great-grandchildren, Mischa and Max Strashnov; a brother, Bill (Dorothy) Kaiser of Palmyra, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Andy Kaiser, and two sisters, Virginia Penley and Catherine Kaiser.
Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home Wee Kirk Chapel, with Chaplain James Riley officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Friday July 13, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Good Samaritan Home Wee Kirk Chapel.
Memorials: Community Foundation
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.