Aileen Albrecht, who passed away in Newport, Wash., on Dec. 6, 2017, just shy of her 92nd birthday, spent the longest stretch of her long life in Eagle Rock, where she lived from 1957 to 1999.
Eagle Rock was a long way from the Midwestern dairy farm where Aileen grew up, but shortly after she graduated from high school, she headed for the sunny skies of California, where she met her beloved husband, Clint. Aileen and Clint had two children, Marilyn and Butch. In the 1950s and 1960s, Aileen worked for the City of Los Angeles and the L.A.P.D. Throughout her life, she was an ardent volunteer with many organizations, including the League of Women Voters, P.T.A., Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Wright County (Minn.) Historical Society, the Monroe (Wash.) Historical Society, Buffalo (Minn.) Sr. Citizens’ Club and the Steam Car Club of America.
Her great passion was exploring the desert Southwest, and some of her fondest memories were of the days that she and Clint spent travelling old Route 66 in their 1951 Ford, taking in the ghost towns, mining towns and railroad history along the way. She always claimed she was ‘a true desert rat’.
Aileen was preceded in death by her husband, Clint, grandson Robert, great-granddaughter Ayranna and sisters Lois and Murielle. Left to mourn her passing are Marilyn and Butch, her son-in-law, Doug, daughter-in-law, Tina, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter, as well as many dear friends at her church, the Latter Day Saints wards in Glendale, Calif., Buffalo, Minn., and Monroe, Wash.
Aileen was genuine, unique, funny, quirky, interesting, and truly interested in everyone she met. She proudly marched to the beat of a different drummer and people loved her for it. She brought a smile and a silly joke everywhere she went.
She was dearly beloved and will be greatly missed. We love you, Mom.
– The Children of Aileen Albrecht