Lois Ilene Eaton

Lois Ilene Eaton

December 26, 1925 - February 08, 2012

Lois Ilene Eaton

December 26, 1925 - February 08, 2012


Lois Ilene Eaton, 86, was born December 26, 1925 in St. Louis, MO to John and Jean Ridgeway. She moved many times throughout her life graduating from Chula Vista High School and then moving to Las Vegas, Nevada where she met her husband, Max Milan Eaton who was serving in the U.S. Army. While in Las Vegas, she enjoyed dancing and live performances by many of the big bands.

On December 29, 1944 Max and Lois married and eventually moved to Michigan to start a family. On August 17, 1952, they welcomed their first daughter, Denise Jean, and on October 1, 1953, they welcomed their second daughter, Janet Ilene. Shortly after Janet’s birth, they moved to Pomona, California where Lisa Louise was born on July 22, 1958. Lois dedicated her life to her children and served as a board member of the PTA and a leader for the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls throughout their formative years. She spent countless hours playing board games, planning family outings, and serving as taxi driver to various children’s activities.

In 1966 the family relocated to Tustin, California and purchased their dream house. Mom spent many happy hours sewing clothes for her children and grandchildren, quilting, working in her beautiful gardens, and reading. She loved to collect things including stamps, coins, and dolls. She had an extensive collection of antique dolls and especially loved Barbie dolls.

Lois enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, Acacia Dawn Carras, Laura Ilene Kirchner, Arthur Crews Wells III, Krist Anton Biakanja IV, Bryson Chase Wells, Kevin William Biakanja, and her great-grandson, Zane Michael Carras. Her sister, Louise Brinkmeyer, lives in Louisiana. She is predecreased in death by her granddaughter, Kristy Louise Kirchner, and her husband, Max Milan Eaton.

She fulfilled her lifelong dream of living at the beach when she moved to San Clemente in the early 90s. While living there, she attended Bible Study groups and enjoyed long walks along the beach. Her health declined and she moved to Costa Mesa in 2007 to be closer to family. She spent the last 6 months living in Huntington Beach where she enjoyed listening to Braille books on tape and listening to her beloved Frank Sinatra music.

There are no words to express how much she will be missed by her family and friends. She was a great source of strength and support for all who knew her. Our only consolation is that she is free of a body that no longer served her.

The entire family of Lois wishes to thank all of you who have shown love, kindness, and concern for our mother and grandmother. Your sympathy and devotion is greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her honor to Braille Institute of America, Inc., Office of Development & Planned Giving, 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029.

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13 responses to Lois Ilene Eaton

  1. Kathy Dunn says:

    I found this page when looking for Denise on-line (still have not found her), but I remember Lois so well…and that she shared her first name with my mother, Lois Dunn, who also passed away in 2012. She always welcomed me and my sister Patty into her home when we were playing with Denise or her sisters. So sorry about her passing. My love to the family!

  2. janet wells says:

    Hi Kathy! So strange that about a week ago I was thinking about your family. I was remembering you Wednesday evening spaghetti dinners with the long bibs that everyone wore. I also remember swimming lessons at your house and all the abalone shells around your home. I wasn’t sure why I was thinking of all of you, I guess fond memories! You can contact Denise thru her Facebook page which is Denise Sheppard Where are you living now? Do you have kids? Such great memories of our childhood on Glencrest street. Take care Janet (middle sister)

  3. Hi Kathy! Denise lives in San Clemente now near her daughter and Janet lives in Laguna Niguel. I’m the baby sister and live in Huntington Beach. I’m sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I think your parents had an anniversary party in Temecula that I took mom to years ago. She was so thrilled to reconnect. I sure miss my mom as I’m sure you do. Please reach out if you’d like to connect with us. Happy holidays!

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