Eileen Sandefur passed from this mortal life to her eternal home with the Lord on Friday afternoon, September 23, 2022.
Eileen was born on December 12, 1927 to Karolina and Oscar Ohs on the family homestead. The farm was on prairie land east of Malta and south of Saco, Montana, in a small homestead community they called Harb.
She was the youngest of nine children, her sister Elsie being the eldest. Between them lay seven brothers. Eileen’s father and mother had come from Sweden with four of their children in the hope of land.
Eileen and her brothers attended North Harb School, a one-room affair three miles from their home, which they faithfully hiked every day, whatever the weather. When she was 14, they moved to Malta, Montana, where she became Jr. High and graduated from Malta High School. Eileen attended St Paul Bible Institute for a year before returning to Malta to work at the Phillips County Courthouse and help care for her father.
In 1955 she moved west to Whitefish and married Arnold Quentin Sandefur. They built the family home south of town while Quentin was working on the railroad. There they raised three children.
Eileen loved being a mom and her children lived very memorable lives growing up in those Whitefish “early” years. Eileen made many dear friends, was a gracious hostess, had a good sense of humor and was quick to put on the coffee. She enjoyed many activities and crafts including pottery lessons from Dalen, crocheting, quilting and tending a large garden where she cooked many fine meals.
She and Quentin enjoyed the great outdoors and walked several miles most days. They would take the whole family to collect firewood or pick blueberries. When their children were 6-10 years old, they took them on an unforgettable hike down the Highline Trail in Glacier Park.
Eileen and Quentin were married for 65 years.
Eileen trusted Jesus at age 17, around the time of her mother’s death. She and Quentin were members of the First Baptist Church of Whitefish for many years.
Eileen’s smile and all-encompassing love will be missed by all who knew her.
Eileen preceded in death her husband Arnold Quentin Sandefur; eldest daughter Kathy; and youngest grandson, Brian Cantu. All eight of her siblings preceded her, Elsie, Gust, Carl, Eric, Martin, David, Dennis and Wally.
She is survived by her son Larry; daughter Jan; granddaughter Brooke (and Josh) Block; grandson Brad Cantu; daughter-in-law Shekinah (Brian) Cantu; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews scattered throughout Montana and beyond.
A memorial service for Eileen for all of Eileen’s family and friends will be held on Friday, October 28 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church south of Whitefish across from Don K Auto.