Eileen A. Coffelt, 71, of Hayden, passed away of natural causes Aug. 25 at her home.
Eileen was born June 29, 1941, in Watsonville, Calif., to Selby and Elizabeth Hollingworth. She spent her childhood in Watsonville and Englewood. After graduating from High School in Englewood, she attended and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver.
After graduating, she returned to California and accepted her first teaching position in Watsonville. She taught in several schools around Watsonville while working evenings and weekends to earn her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.
She married Lee Coffelt in Mount Hermann, Calif., on March 19, 1967. They enjoyed a honeymoon to Disneyland and Las Vegas. After several years in California, they moved to Hayden, where she accepted a teaching position. They moved to Vernal, Utah, in 1983 for Lee’s work, and while there, Eileen also taught. In 1991, they returned to Hayden, where Eileen taught until retiring in 2002 after more than 30 years in education. While teaching, Eileen received several Teacher of the Year awards, numerous honors and was adored by her students. She continued to teach art to the students of Hayden even after retirement because of her love for teaching and working with children.
Eileen enjoyed gardening, hiking, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
She volunteered her time with the Carpenter Ranch Nature Conservancy, the Routt County Democratic Party and University Women. More than anything, she enjoyed being a loving grandmother to her grandchildren.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Lee; two sons, Timothy (Sarah), of Haskell, Okla., and Christopher (Melanie), of Mill Valley, Calif. She also is survived by six grandchildren: Jessica, Caleb, Samuel, Elijah (Timothy), Cameron and Caden (Christopher). She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gerald Hollingworth.
Eileen gave selflessly of herself to family, friends, colleagues and the students that she taught. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
A memorial service celebrating of her life was held at 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2012, at Hayden Congregational Church.