Eileen slipped away and passed on December 23rd at Good Samaritan Village at the age of 98.
Eileen was born December 11th, 1919 on her grandparent’s wheat farm in Idaho County near Winona, to Everett Adair and Clara Roakey (Roche), she was to be their only child. They moved to Kamiah when she was 5 years old. Eileen fondly remembered living there in her early childhood and “just loved the Nez Perce Indian children” which she would swim, ride horses and pick melons with in summers. Only a few spoke very little English, although she remembered in particular, Elvira Blackeagle, who Eileen vividly cherished as a girlfriend.
The family moved to Spokane during the Great Depression where Eileen attended Lewis and Clark High School. For entertainment the family would park the car in downtown Spokane while eating penny candy and people watch. Eileen attended the University of Idaho and became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, graduating in 1941 with a B.A degree in Business Education. She worked summers in her college years for the Washington Trust Bank and as a bookkeeper at Geiger Field. After college her degree took her to Cascade Idaho High School to teach business courses.
She and Gene (Eugene Davidson) met on the University of Idaho campus, her sophomore year when they were on a blind date for a SAE fraternity dance at Halloween. Gene and Eileen married in Walla Walla upon his return from the South Pacific WWII Theater March 26th, 1944. Their first home was a small house in Walla Walla where Gene worked for Green Giant Produce. Returning to Spokane in 1949, they co-owned the William Tell Motel and a Shell gas station on East Sprague in Spokane along with her parents until 1953. Their only child, Douglas, was born in December 1949 while in Spokane. They built several homes together in Spokane, along the way working as a team to then decorate, sell and build again, sort-of early house flippers.
Eileen enjoyed being a mother and housewife. When first married, she could not cook, but she studied hard, read many cookbooks and became an accomplished gourmet cook, she volunteered and gave 100% with her club work. She was tall and thin which caused her to sew most of her clothes, she was an excellent seamstress; sewing only Vogue patterns with stunning detail. By far her greatest joy was decorating; she was truly in her element with the task of creating a house into a wonderful home environment.
A promotion for Gene took them to Lewiston, Idaho from 1960 to 1980. Throughout the 1960’s the family liked to camp up on the Clearwater and Selway rivers where she would paint landscapes.
In Lewiston, Eileen served as a Red Cross Grey Lady with the Opportunity School for the Handicapped and also on the board of the YWCA. She was president of the following organizations: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Tsceminicum Federated Club, Mary Ball Mothers Club, and P.E.O.Chapters both AR and BL.
Upon Gene’s retirement, they returned to Spokane to build one more time a beautiful home on the South Hill which they enjoyed for an additional 32 years. In September 2012, they moved into a twin home at the Fairview Village Estates in Moscow, Idaho to be near their son and daughter-in-law.
In Spokane she was president of P.E.O.Chapter EQ for 1988, ’89, ’90. Eileen was a P.E.O. member for over 50 years. She also was President of The High View Garden Club in Spokane. Eileen was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
They thoroughly got a kick out of traveling, owning several trailers and a VW camper seeing the US and Canada for many years! Touring Nova Scotia and the northeastern US and from South Florida up to Vancouver, Canada and Hawaii, visiting almost all 50 states.
Eileen and Gene traveled extensively on several trips throughout Europe and Asia. Their international travels started in the early 1970’s and continued for nearly 30 years. Their favorite trip was the first one to Japan. It had new sights, sounds and of course culture, as well as the artistic nature. She truly enjoyed traveling with her love, Gene. They visited all continents except Antarctica. Eileen liked the interaction with people the most in all of their excursions.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death. Gene and Eileen were married for 68 years when Gene passed in November 2012. She is survived by her son Douglas and daughter-in-law Joyce of Moscow, Idaho.
Memorials may be sent to the Union Gospel Mission of Spokane. At the request of Eileen, she has been cremated and there will not be a memorial service.