A vigil with rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, for Eileen Reidy, of Roswell, who passed away Jan. 23, 2013, at Mission Arch. A memorial Mass is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Assumption Catholic Church, with the Rev. Andrew Miles officiating. Inurnment in the Assumption Columbarium will follow the Mass.
Eileen was born April 19, 1927, in Elgin, Ill., to Michael J. Reidy and Mary Adrian Gillen Reidy. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1945 and retired from the Arizona Department Of Corrections in Phoenix, in 1993 after 20 years of service. She moved to Roswell in June 1993.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; by her sister Rosemary Reidy Evarts; and brothers, Paul, Vincent, and Ray Reidy; and sister-in-law June Reidy.
She is survived by her brother-in-law James Evarts and nephew Richard, of Artesia; sister-in-law Lois Reidy, of Northbrook, Ill.; niece Mary Beth Schickel and her husband Craig, and their children Donald, Scottie and Katie, of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; nephew Tom Reidy, of North Augusta, S.C., and his children, Kelly and Nick; nieces, Carol and Susan Reidy, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; nephew Steve Evarts and his wife Marilyn, of Clovis, and their children, Laura, of Vancouver, Wash., and Michael, of Las Cruces; and nephew John Evarts and his wife Patti, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A very active member of Assumption parish, Eileen served as sacristan for many years. She was known and loved by her Assumption Church family and will be missed by them, as well as by the children at All Saints Catholic School, who enjoyed Eileen’s comical leprechaun costume and Irish treats every St Patrick’s Day. Eileen was proud of her Irish heritage and had lots of fun with her Irish sense of humor. She loved living in Roswell because it reminded her of her home in Elgin. She said that she always had lots of “fun, fun, fun.”
During her last years, Eileen lived at Villa Del Rey, which she affectionately called “The Big House,” because “I’m in for life,” she said. She enjoyed her friends there, and enjoyed sharing her Catholic faith and her love of people and life. The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Del Rey, La Villa and Mission Arch Care Center for the warm care they each provided Eileen.
Eileen requested that, if anyone wishes, memorial donations be made to All Saints Catholic School, 2808 N. Kentucky Ave., Roswell, NM 88201.
Condolences can be offered online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.