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Obituary for Eileen Jean McAuley (Jesse)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen Jean McAuley. She passed away peacefully on January 14, 2023 at the age of 91 years. Eileen was born on October 4, 1931 in Medicine Hat, Alberta to parents Henry & Hilda Jesse. She grew up in the Norton and Orion area before moving to Medicine Hat at age 16.

Eileen is survived and will be missed by son, Mick (Devora) McAuley; daughters, Jolynn (Ken) Jeske, and Sherry McAuley; grandchildren, Jill McAuley (Chad Tuck), Michelle (Grant) Admiraal, Matthew McAuley Hansen, Brendan (Melissa) Jeske and Kristine Jeske. Eileen adored her great-grandchildren, Logan, Madeleine, Harriet, Oscar, Lewis, Brooklyn, Maci and Katie. Eileen also leaves her sister, Beverly (Elmer) Rothfus of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law, Jean Parker of Edmonton; brother-in-law, Leonard McGlynn of Pincher Creek and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Eileen lived in Medicine Hat for several years. While living in the ‘Hat on Kensington Avenue, Eileen made many lifelong friends. She loved to socialize and enjoyed morning coffee chats with neighbors, singing and music parties across the street, dancing at the Elks, visiting friends, hosting and attending family suppers and barbeques. From 1965 to 1980 Eileen was a bookkeeper and eventually office manager for the law firm Pritchard, Lerner & Medhurst in Medicine Hat. Eileen became a close friend to many of the people working at the law office and was greatly missed by all when she moved to Calgary in 1980 to be closer to her family.

When Eileen moved to Calgary, bookkeeping was her primary occupation. Her impeccable work ethic continued until she chose a well- earned retirement at age 70. During her life in Calgary Eileen made numerous friends and enjoyed so many activities – working in her ‘treasured’ flower garden that took up her whole front yard, going to garage sales, puzzle parties, supper get-togethers and afternoon lunches with friends and family, playing cards, bowling, shopping trips, campfire sing- alongs at many family reunions in Fishburn Park and playing her slide guitar. Eileen loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Canada’s West coast and East coast, south to New Mexico, Las Vegas, Hawaii and a cruise through the Panama Canal & Costa Rica. Eileen loved animals and spoke often of her special friendships that she had with them throughout her life.
Eileen was grateful for so many experiences in her life, but treasured most, the times she spent with family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her wonderful friends. For that she was a very rich and deeply loved person. We will all miss Eileen so very much, but also take comfort in knowing, she will always be a part of us.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eileen’s memory to the charity of your choice. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Eileen, please visit