Eileen Metcalf, 90

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 23:00

Former Eagle River resident Eileen “Nana” Metcalf died Jan. 29, 2014. She was 90.

She was living in Bend, Ore., where she recently moved to be close to her family, which she cherished more than anything. A memorial service was held in Bend, Ore., on February 8, and Metcalf will be buried at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage this spring next to her beloved son, Edward.

Born Eileen Anne Lanigan in New York City on Aug. 2, 1923, she spent the first 30 years of her life in the Big Apple with Central Park as her playground. She never tired of telling the tales of her brother, John, taking her to the park with him and how good he was to her in those early years.

“Eileen was very patriotic, loved her country and spent two years in the service of her country during World War II,” her family wrote. “She was also a woman of strong faith and love of family.”

Metcalf came to Alaska in 1950 on a two-year contract with the federal government at Fort Richardson and spent nearly the rest of her life there.

“Eileen never ceased to marvel at the mountains that surrounded her,” her family wrote.

Metcalf married and raised two sons. “Her boys were everything to her and she raised them with lots of love,” her family wrote. “She was also blessed with three granddaughters who she showered with love and the kind of attention that only ‘Nana’ could give.”

Metcalf worked for the State of Alaska from 1970 to 1986 until her first grandchild was born.

“She had her priorities right — she was not Nana in name only, but was a daily part of their lives and influential in their upbringing,” her family wrote.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jody Metcalf of Bend, Ore.; and her grandchildren, Megan, Molly and Carly Metcalf.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Kaye and John Lanigan; ex-husband, Edward Kenneth Metcalf; and son, Edward Kenneth Jr.

Memorial donations can be sent to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, 22424 North Birchwood Loop, Chugiak, AK, 99567.

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