|Birth: ||May 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2006|
Eileen Dougherty died at her home in Oklahoma City on December 29th, 2006, at the age of 83. Eileen was born in Sentinel, OK on May 13 (Mother's Day) 1923 to Richard and Susie Wilmeth, both of them teachers. A talented artist and singer, Eileen studied music at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK until 1944, when she married Raymond Dougherty, then an intern at St. Anthony's Hospital, and was soon devoting herself to raising their five children, first in Oklahoma City and Perry, OK, then in Southern Pines, NC, where Dr. Dougherty practiced medicine for many years. After the children were grown, the couple moved back to Oklahoma City, where Eileen earned a BA in art and a MA in Art Education from Oklahoma City University. For her master's thesis, she devised a way to teach children art by having them imitate the great art of the past. Eileen was also a self-taught architect. Unforgettably original, she was a woman of extraordinary verve, imagination, graciousness and kindness; someone who sang while she worked and loved beauty wherever she found it; an independent spirit and a witty, fun-loving companion whose keen-eyed insights and observations were almost always accompanied by a chuckle of delight or a beautiful soft smile. Surviving her after a marriage of 62 years is her husband Dr. Dougherty, who recently retired from his pulmonary practice in Oklahoma City. Also surviving are five children: Patrick Dougherty, Chapel Hill, NC; Kate Farrell, New York, NY; Dennis Dougherty, Durham, NC; Margaret Springer, Redding, CA and Michael Dougherty, Hinton, OK. Sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren survive, as do her brothers Wallis and Joe Wilmeth, of Houston, TX, and her sister Dorothy Wrather of Oklahoma City. A funeral mass will be held at the chapel of Our Lady's Cathedral at 1:00 p.m. on New Year's Day, followed by interment at the Catholic Cemetery of Hinton, OK. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Our Lady's Cathedral, Chapel Music Fund. SMITH & KERNKE 1401 NW 23rd ST.
Published in The Oklahoman on 12/31/2006.
Richard Henry Wilmeth (1893 - 1975)
Susan Victoria Spradlin Wilmeth (1899 - 1989)
Wallis H Wilmeth (1917 - 2007)*
Eileen Wilmeth Dougherty (1923 - 2006)
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Created by: Phil & Donna Whitaker
Record added: Jan 03, 2007
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