Eileen Teresa Clifford nee McCrohan, 86, of Glenview, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Oct. 3, 2013. A former resident of the Edgebrook neighborhood in Chicago and native of County Kerry, Ireland (Killurley, Emlaghmore, Killarney, Co. Kerry).
Eileen emigrated from Ireland to Chicago in 1949. Married her beloved Patrick in 1954. Together they raised eight children. After teaching and inspiring her own children she continued her calling by working for the Chicago Public Schools in the food service lunch programs at Sullivan High School, and Clinton Elementary School, where her skills at managing her large household on a limited budget served her well.
Wherever she went those school children fondly remembered her as she did them. Retired in 1992 and spent her later years traveling with Paddy, and nurturing her grandchildren. She was always there with wisdom, advice and a helping hand when needed. Her love and devotion remain an inspiration to her family.
The beloved wife of 53 years to the late Patrick; loving Mother of Patrick (Jane), Daniel (Susan), John (Maureen), Terrence, David (Rosemary), Michael, Maria (Peter) Grable and Raymond (Elizabeth) Clifford; proud/adored grandmother of Julianne, the late Erin, Genevieve, Ryan, Brendan, Mary Kate, Colleen, Emmett, Ellie, Timothy, Isabella, Matthew, Liam, Sean, and Shane; dear sister of the late Catherine, (the late Robert) King, the late Michael, the late May, the late Nora (the late Daniel) Sugrue, Jo (Connie) Rice, the late Patrick Joseph, (Pauline), Philomena (George) Spiers; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Services, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois 60077
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