(Ethel) Eileen Colvin passed away at the John Knox Village Care Center on Tuesday, April 24 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She celebrated her 100th birthday in December.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Bobbie (Carol) Perkins of Prairie Village, KS and her son, Roger Colvin of Fulton, MD. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Janell Jones, Garnett, KS; Lisa Nason, Prairie Village, KS; Kate Colvin, Richmond, VA and Alec Colvin, Pasadena, MD. Eileen’s great-grandchildren are Anna Jones, Garnett, KS; Zach Nason and Zoe Nason, Prairie Village, KS. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert H. Colvin; a sister, Addie Dobson and a brother, Bill Schreiman.
Eileen was born on December 31, 1917 in Odessa, Missouri to William and Ida Schreiman. She grew up on the family farm south of Odessa and attended Odessa schools, graduating from high school in 1935. She met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Colvin, while working at the NuWay Inn café, a local restaurant. They were married on July 25, 1938. Eileen completed coursework to be a school teacher and taught at the Chapel Hill Country School, a one-room schoolhouse. During WWII, Eileen, Bob and their daughter Carol, moved to Henderson, Nevada where Bob worked in an ammunitions plant and Eileen was a schoolteacher. After the war, Eileen and Bob returned to Missouri and purchased a farm to begin their life-long careers as farmers.
Eileen was a member of Bates City Baptist Church. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Union and served as Sunday School Secretary for many years. She also helped with Vacation Bible School by working in the kitchen, baking cookies and picking up children who needed rides. In the community, she belonged to the Happy Hollow Club, a group of women in her rural neighborhood that met every month for fun and fellowship. She worked seasonally for Barnett Tax Agency, preparing farm-related taxes.
In 1998, Eileen sold the farm and moved to John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, starting the next chapter in her life. She enjoyed participating in many activities while living there, but most of all she liked serving others and was an avid volunteer. She delivered mail to the residents of the Village Care Center for many years and she served as a Comforter, an outreach ministry of the chaplain’s office. She also was involved in volunteer work at First Baptist Church Lee’s Summit. She taught Sunday School, helped with Vacation Bible School and played with the hand bell choir.
Services will be held Saturday, April 28 at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Visitation will be at 11:00 and funeral services at 11:30. Burial services will be at Greenton Cemetery, Odessa, Missouri immediately following. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Eileen’s life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenton Cemetery Fund or to Lee’s Summit Baptist Church:Vacation Bible School fund.
We love you and will miss you beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.