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Eileen Belle Needham

February 26, 1924 December 4, 2018
Eileen Belle Needham
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Eileen Belle Needham, age 94, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho died December 4, 2018 at the Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House. She was born in Lewiston, Idaho on February 26, 1924 to Leonard and Neeta (Stevens) Fairfield. She lived with her family on Stoney Point and then, at seven years of age, moved to Big Bear Ridge near Kendrick, Idaho where her family farmed. She attended Pine Creek grade school near Kendrick, Idaho and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1940. Eileen then attended Kinman Business University in Spokane from 1943-1944. Upon graduation she continued to work for Kinman until 1946, at which time she married Arthur C. Needham on February 2, 1946 in her parent’s home on Big Bear Ridge. They lived in Spokane until moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1953 where Art continued working for Washington Water Power, which is now Avista.

Upon Art’s retirement in 1978 they spent their winters in Indio, California and visiting friends and family. Art died in 2005. Eileen continued to live in their home until moving to North Star Retirement Center and ultimately Generations Assisted Living facility. Eileen was a former member of Coeur d’Alene Lady Lions, Nile, Eastern Star, Kootenai Medical Center Auxiliary, Coeur d’Alene Good Sam’s II, Tangerine Bowling League, Washington Water Power Women’s Association, and the Rancho Casa Blanca Choir. She will be remembered for her homemade bread, her gardening skills, her quick wit and her generosity.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers, Leonard Jr., Roy and Danny. She is survived by her daughters, Pam Claflin and Arta (Plezena Shack) Needham; and son, Terry Needham; brother, Bud Fairfield; three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be at 2:00pm Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Hayden Bible Church, 290 E. Miles Ave, Hayden, Idaho.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815.

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Memorial Service




2:00 PM 12/15/2018 2:00:00 PM
Hayden Bible Church

290 E. Miles
Hayden, ID 83835

Reception will follow the service.

Hayden Bible Church
290 E. Miles Hayden 83835 ID
United States

Memorial Contribution

Schneidmiller Hospice House

2290 W. Prairie Ave.
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815

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