Eileen Burlingame Gill passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023, the day before her 86th birthday on November 16, 1937, surrounded by her family at home in Portland, Oregon, to be with Jesus.
Eileen was born in St. Helens, Oregon, to Martin and Helen Burlingame. She was an eleventh-generation Oregonian whose family traveled the Oregon Trail in the mid 1800’s and ultimately settled in and around Portland and area cities. Eileen lost her dad at the age of 6, and the need for family, church, and friends to help with Eileen and her brother Martin’s up bringing brought them back to the small community of Yankton, Oregon. Later they moved to Vancouver, Washington. Eileen had very fond childhood memories of those places and times.
She met Raymond Gordon Gill while they were still in high school and they married on September 1, 1957. They enjoyed traveling and spent a lot of time camping. At first it was in their camper, going on waterskiing weekends in Central Oregon, later on a trip around the United States in a motor home with the family in over a month-long journey, later to Alaska and other numerous and various locations, as well as cruises ship destinations. After retirement they upgraded to a fifth wheel trailer, camping locally and travelling to Arizona each new year with the other “snowbirds”. They made many acquaintances and always came home with fond memories.
Eileen loved being with people and looked forward to hosting family and holiday events. She could not get enough of her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and in-laws. She also enjoyed yardwork, gardening and traveling, as well as the people in her various clubs and organizations she was affiliated with.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Raymond after 54 years of marriage, and is survived by her three children: her oldest son Steve Gill (Karen) of Rhododendron, Oregon and their son, Justin. Her daughter Jodi Croce (Richard) of Newark, California and their three children, Richie, Joleen and Sonja. Her youngest son Cory Gill (Jennifer) of Sandy, Oregon. And two great-grandchildren.
Eileen’s family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff at Kaiser and the Hospice Care team from Beloved, offering their heartfelt appreciation to the staff. At Eileen’s request, a private service will be held at a future date.
The family hopes and encourages everyone, that if you have a memory of Eileen you would like to share please do so by visiting; Gresham Memorial Chapel web site, open Eileen’s picture, and open “Condolences” to leave a condolence message for all to enjoy, thanks to everyone in advance for your memories of Eileen and looking forward to reading about them.