Lila Eileen Ann Frost Newman died peacefully at home on January 6, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born the youngest child of parents Frankie and Grover Frost on March 18, 1922 in Stuart, Nebraska.
Eileen attended Union College in Lincoln Nebraska prior to her marriage to John W. Newman on July 7, 1945, in Sidney, Nebraska. She was a devoted mother, raising seven sons and was known for her gardening, cooking, and recipe collection.
She returned to college in 1996, earning her Associates Degree from Reliance Wyoming Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in 1969 from Northern Arizona University, and her Masters of Education from Eastern Washington University in 1973. With her elementary education teaching degree, she moved with her family to Loomis, Wash. in 1969 where she and John were the last couple to teach all six grades in the two-room Loomis School. She taught four years of public school in Tonasket, Wash. and an additional 13 years, teaching in Seventh Day Adventist schools in Elliforde, Wash., Council Bluffs, Iowa and St. Joseph, Miss. After retiring from teaching in 1985, the Newmans retired to Grand Junction Colo., moving back to Okanogan County in 1987. Eileen remained an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in every place she lived.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her siblings Lynn and Niles Frost and Lovena Keuter.
She is survived by her seven sons and their families, which include many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Her sons are John Newman (Betty) of Bouse, Ariz., Frank Newman (Cindy) of Belgrade, Mont., Floyd Newman (Patty) of Twisp, Wash., Neal Newman (Mariann) of Oroville, Wash., David Newman (Nancy) of Ridgefield, Wash., Donald Newman (Patti) of Oroville and Craig Newman of South Pass, Wyo.
Viewing for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel in Okanogan. A procession and graveside service will follow at the Loomis (Mountainview) Cemetery in Loomis, Wash.. Please join the family for a gathering of family and friends at the Tonasket Seventh-Day Adventist Church to share memories and food after the graveside service.
Memorials can be made in Eileen’s name to the Peaceful Valley Christian School at 32084 Hwy. 97, Tonasket, WA 98855-9206.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Funeral Chapel of Okanogan, WA has been entrusted with the arrangements.