Eileen Anderson


Anderson, Eileen May (nee Price)
September 3, 1918 - March 23, 2008

Eileen was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on September 3, 1918 and passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital March 23, 2008 after a brief illness. Eileen grew up in Moose Jaw and attended the University of Saskatchewan taking a science degree. She trained as a dietician at the the Royal Jubilee Hospital and returned to Regina to work for the Saskatchewan government. She became a renowned amateur golfer, winning many amateur titles including a Provincial championship in 1933. Eileen served in the Canadian Forces during WWll, posted in Nanaimo, before returning to Regina where she married her husband, James Neil Anderson in 1950. Eileen, fondly remembering Victoria from her training days and her War years, retired to Victoria with Neil in 1964. Eileen brought her passion for golf with her and soon was an active and valued member of the B.C. Senior Team. Eileen continued to golf regularly until shortly before her death. After Eileen's move to Victoria, she developed another all encompassing hobby, the collecting of thimbles and sewing tools. She travelled to Europe several times seeking her treasures. She amassed a wonderful collection and was known throughout the Island at every Flea Market and Antique Fair as the Thimble Lady. Eileen always had a zest for life and an indomitable spirit. We, her many friends, neighbours, and members of Royal Colwood will miss her.

Eileen was predeceased by her husband Neil, her brother Wallace Hall, and leaves to mourn, her niece Dolores Pfenning, great nephew Mark Pfenning, great niece Meagan Cleaveland, great nephews Jason and Aaron Cleaveland. Special thanks to Marta for her help in the last few weeks.  

No service by request.


Curator's note:

Far ahead of her time, Eileen embraced early technology, and used a first generation iMac to keep meticulous digital records of her collection and research activities. As a result, the gift of her collection included her database, all of her notes, and an extensive reference library.

Eileen was a shrewd buyer, and never overpaid for an item. She sometimes spotted an object  that she wanted but felt it was overpriced. She would go back to the store repeatedly until the price was reduced. Her particular attention to monetary values suggests that she may have partly viewed her collection as a retirement investment.

Eileen's prowess at golf proved a hindrance during her military career. While stationed in Nanaimo, she sought a transfer, but the senior officer repeatedly blocked her request because he liked to golf with her.
September 3 1918 – March 23 2008