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Eileen Catherine Entress McVey

April 16, 1916 - October 26, 2017

Eileen Catherine Entress McVey died on October 26, 2017, at the age of 101. Prior to her 2001 move to Westminster Place in Evanston, IL, she was a resident of Wilmette for 49 years.
Eileen is survived by her four daughters Eileen Alannah McVey Ruder, M.D. (Henry Ruder) of River Forest, IL, Kathleen E. McVey, Ph.D. (P…read more

Eileen Catherine Entress McVey died on October 26, 2017, at the age of 101. Prior to her 2001 move to Westminster Place in Evanston, IL, she was a resident of Wilmette for 49 years.
Eileen is survived by her four daughters Eileen Alannah McVey Ruder, M.D. (Henry Ruder) of River Forest, IL, Kathleen E. McVey, Ph.D. (P. Corby Finney) of Princeton, NJ, Elizabeth A. McVey, M.A. (Andrew Werner) of East Bernard, TX, and Mary D. McVey, Ph.D. (J. Hallam Dawson) of San Francisco, CA, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband David C. McVey, her five siblings, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
Born on April 16, 1916, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Adam and Mary Lavin Entress, Eileen was the fifth of their six children. She was raised in the Middle Hill District of Pittsburgh not far from her family’s Entress Brick Company. She graduated from St. Richard’s grammar school (now St. Benedict the Moor Center) and St. John the Baptist High School (the associated church now being the Church Brew Works). The first of her family and the only one of her siblings to attend college, she graduated from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University) in 1937 with a degree in English. While in college, she student taught at the Watt Street School (now St. Benedict the Moor School) and worked summers at the Koppers Company. After graduation she worked for the Tide Water Associated Oil Co until her marriage.
In 1942, Eileen married David Caulfield McVey, a metallurgical engineer and graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). After living briefly in Beaver Falls, PA, the couple moved to Chicago and then to Wilmette in 1953. In 1959, David McVey was killed in a plane crash while traveling to a business meeting at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA.
Eileen regarded motherhood as her most important calling and took the greatest pride in the accomplishments of her children. But in 1966 she transitioned from homemaker back into the workforce, taking a part-time job at the Wilmette Board of Recreation. A year later, she took a full-time position with the Association of American Medical Colleges in Evanston. Refusing an offer to relocate to Washington, DC, with that organization, she instead joined the staff of the Wilmette Bank. There she remained, serving as an officer, until her retirement in 1981. Also, during the 70s, she briefly held a position on the Board of the North Shore Senior Center.
Throughout her life, Eileen was an avid walker. At mid-life, she overcame a fear of the water and not only learned to swim but also successfully competed in senior contests at her local Y. Eileen was also a skilled investor. She participated in several investment clubs and actively enjoyed monitoring her portfolio. She enjoyed reading and was especially fond of a good mystery. She had a wonderful sense of humor, regaled us frequently with her jokes and double entendres, and was always up for a challenge. Even into her late 90s, essentially blind from both glaucoma and macular degeneration, she was determined to maintain her independence. To that end, she learned to use new technologies, kept her spatial memory mapping skills strong, kept walking, and, as always, she persevered.
Her love, wit, and wisdom are greatly missed.
Burial was on April 16, 2018, at the Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.

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