|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1948|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2012|
Eileen (Madden) Larrimore
Eileen Madden Larrimore
1948 - 2012
Eileen Madden Larrimore, 63, died on January 3, 2012, on South Georgia, a British Commonwealth island southeast of Argentina, during a hiking expedition across the island.
Eileen and her husband Randy were following the route used by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his epic journey in 1916 to reach the whaling station at Stromness. She stumbled on the rocks and as Randy tried to catch her they both fell down a 50-foot cliff. Eileen suffered severe injuries and died shortly thereafter.
Eileen and Randy were high school sweethearts who had known each other since early childhood. They reconnected in 2004 after not seeing each other for over 35 years. They had a magical romance which included Randy asking Eileen to "go steady" when he re-gave her the high school ring he had given her in 1964 at his junior prom. In 2005 he proposed on bended knee after dancing to I Can't Stop Loving You, their special song from high school, which Randy had arranged to be played at their favorite piano bar in New York City. Their wedding reception was a re-creation of their 1964 junior prom with similar decorations assembled by a "prom committee," boutonnieres and corsages, and dancing to their favorite music from 1957- 65. They both loved travel and had visited 49 countries in the past 7 years. At the time of the accident, Eileen and Randy were on a trip to Antarctica, which would have been their 7th continent. They were best friends and true soulmates. In April 2012 they would have been married five years.
The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Madden, Eileen was raised in Seaford, Delaware, and attended Seaford High School. She graduated from Shippensburg College and earned a master's degree at George Washington University.
Eileen served 20 years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. She was stationed in South Korea, Belgium and many bases across the US. She ended her career at the Pentagon as Editor-in-Chief of Soldiers Magazine, her dream job. In addition to desiring to see the world, Eileen loved going to museums (with a special fondness for Impressionist art), movies (particularly foreign or independent), and the theater.
She is survived by her husband, Randall W. Larrimore of Alexandria, VA.; her step-son, Jake Larrimore, his wife Claire Heymans, and their daughter, Phoebe; her step-son Alex Larrimore; her parents, Kenneth and Mabel Madden of Seaford; her siblings, Adele Madden of Wilmington, Kenny Madden of Seaford, and Judy Rhodes of Seaford; and numerous siblings-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
There will be a service to celebrate Eileen's life at 2 pm on January 29, at St. John's Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine Street, Seaford, Delaware 19973. A second service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors when she is interred. Depending on the military's schedule, this memorial may not occur for several months. If you'd like details about this service, please contact CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grand Circle Foundation, c/o Eileen Larrimore Memorial Fund, 347 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210, a 501(c)(3) organization where 100% of gifts go directly to recipients. Your gifts will be used to help build schools and to provide educational materials in developing countries around the world. Eileen and Randy visited several of these schools during their travels and were compassionately inspired by children struggling to obtain a basic education.
Published in The News Journal on January 17, 2012
Note: Interred July 6, 2012
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 6, Site 5788-D
Created by: Richard Wright
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83592321