Eileen Karen Henderson

12/03/1955 - 05/02/2024


Obituary For Eileen Karen Henderson

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March 12, 1955 - February 5, 2024

The family of Eileen Karen Henderson, formerly of Courtenay, BC., are sad to announce her passing at the age of 68. Eileen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of all of her family.

Eileen was born in Edmonton, AB, on March 12, 1955. She came into the lives of Yvonne and Walter Henderson and was joined over the next few years by her siblings, Paul, Julie, and Jeanette. Eileen lived in Banff with her family until 1972, when they relocated to Vancouver Island. The Island would always hold a special place in her heart for the rest of her days. Eileen graduated in 1973 from the College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan. She found her passion in travel and got her travel agent’s ticket in 1982. In all her travels, she discovered many amazing things, and learned about other cultures and ways of life. However, the most wonderful thing that she found was love. During one of her girls' nights out in Campbell River, she met Gary Dewling.

Gary was bartending at an elite oceanfront restaurant, and it soon became Eileen’s favourite place to go after a long day’s work. After 18 years together, and waiting for the right time, she and Gary married on June 19 of 1997.

Eileen and Gary lived in Courtney together for many years. Gary had just entered retirement when tragedy struck, and he passed unexpectedly in 2007. Eileen remained in Courtney, guiding many people to their dream travel destinations through Jan’s Travel, Square One, UniGlobe, Sear’s Travel and BCAA. Although her mother Yvonne moved to Alberta in 2014, Eileen remained on Vancouver Island until she made the leap to move closer to her family in 2018. She continued her work as a travel agent with AMA until COVID gave her the opportunity to retire after 30 years. Eileen was blessed to live within a stone’s throw of her family. She spent her retirement visiting with her mother, sisters, and nieces who all lived in Wembley as well.

Left to remember her is her mother Yvonne Henderson, her brother Paul (Susanne Maichen) Henderson, sisters Julie (Gerald) Hexspoor and Jeanette (Dale) Anderson, her nieces Kathryn (Jamie) Coutu, Kimberlea (Ricky) Hexspoor, Karynn (Justin) Pede, Kyley (Will) Henderson, Kristina (Matt) Thompson, and Karleigh (Mitch) Hexspoor, her nephews Stephen, James (Echo) Henderson, Nick Maichen, as well as 8 great nieces and nephews. Eileen will also be remembered by the many other family, friends, and anyone who had the opportunity to spend even a moment with her.

Eileen is welcomed by her Father Walter Henderson and is reunited with her husband Gary Dewling in Heaven.

A Viewing and Celebration of Life was held on February 9, 2024, at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm respectively. It was held at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB., T8W 0C7.

A Celebration of Life for her friends and family on Vancouver Island will be held on June 8, 2024, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Black Creek Hall Pavilion, Vancouver Island, BC.

Eileen was a fabulous woman who loved to “Dress to Impress”, and we invite you to do the same (keep the black to a minimum!)

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honour of Eileen to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, or the Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 06/04/2024

    Dear Yvonne, Paul, Julie, Jeanette and family. Last night Eileen popped into my thoughts and I decided to see if I could find her. Much to my shock and profound sadness I learned of her passing. My deepest sympathies to you all in your loss. Eileen and I were inseparable in our teens and twenties. Being very spirited young girls we got up to all kinds of mischief in Banff. Eileen was so much fun to be around and I've never forgotten our friendship. I remember my parents driving her out to the coast to join her family at Saratoga Beach. We camped our way out and had so much fun. I missed her so much I moved to the island a few months later where we lived near Campbell River and had more fun together. I visited her a number of times at Saratoga. I will always remember her laugh, smile and kindness and her adventurous spirit. Sending love and blessings to you all. Debra Reeve

  • 10/02/2024

    I had the great privilege of knowing Eileen from our travel days at Uniglobe. She had the front desk and was the first smile that everyone seen when they came in. She was also our landlord for a while. She helped us out when we needed it and I can only hope she knew how much we appreciate it. Thoughts go out to her family.

  • 09/02/2024

    Our joke was Eileen was our 2nd wife, every weekend we pretty much spent hanging out at the fishermen's, she introduced us to her amazing black creek friends. She loved her family and her friends she was a definite firecracker who will be missed❤️ Mike and Tracy Johnson

  • 09/02/2024

    Eileen was a joy to be around! I will always remember out daily talks at work, our trip to Mexico and dinners with the girls. We had the best of times. Sending love and hugs to the family 💕

  • 09/02/2024

    We will miss you! All the travels that we were lucky to have gone on. Loved your sense of humour, sense of adventure and the love of family. Yvonne, Paul and Susanne and family ,Jeanette and Dale , Julie and Gerald and Kim, Karleigh, Kathryn, Karynn and Kristina and your families. May you cherish all the great memories that you have made. Love from Helen, Del and Tony

  • 09/02/2024

    Eileen will be forever in my heart and memories. Always ready with hugs, kisses and that incredible smile. Rest peacefully my cousin. 🙏💗

  • 09/02/2024

    With deepest sympathy to everyone. We wish to have known her better. Scott & Wanda Dewling.

  • 08/02/2024

    A lovely lady with a beautiful smile gone far too soon. Big hugs and sincere condolences to Aunty Yvonne, Julie , Jeanette, Paul and families.

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