Eileen Flynn a 45-year resident of Torrance, passed away on August 9, 2005. She was born Edith Eileen Gatliff February 6, 1933 on Beaver Island, Michigan. She was the seventh of thirteen children born to Mary & Thomas Gatliff. Eileen was 72 when she died. She was married almost 50 years to Thomas M. Flynn. Eileen worked for Marshall Field’s in Chicago before becoming a full-time wife and mother. The couple moved to California in 1960. Eileen was a member of the Catholic Golden Age Club and enjoyed their trips to the casinos to play the slots. She loved to cook and bake and was a fan of crossword puzzles and Judge Judy. Eileen especially loved to laugh. She adored her family, her sisters, her many nieces and nephews and especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her Husband, Tom, Daughter, Barbara Flynn of Nokomis, FL, Daughter, Marypat & Son-in-Law Joseph Pena, of Burbank, CA, and Grandchildren Matthew, Amanda & Brian Basnight of Nokomis, FL and Kyle & Molly Pena of Burbank, CA. Her surviving sisters include Grace Doig of Chicago, Audrey Smallwood of Cheboygan, MI, Kathleen (Glenn) Wood of Beaver Island, MI and Anne (Bayard) Kurth of St. Clair Shores, MI. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Monday, August 15, 2005 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a rosary at 7:00 P.M. A funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 1:30 PM. A reception will follow. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island, Michigan.

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  1. A beautiful smile, a beautiful person. We loved Aunt Jug and will always remember her. Our children loved her also. May God bless her family and give them strength through this most difficult time. All our love, Frank, Pauline and family.

  2. The love of family is the glue that keeps us together. The love that Eileen has brought to us and her family will be forever felt and cherished. My thoughts and prayers are to Tom and the Flynn family. May God bless you all.

  3. We have very fond memories of Eileen. She was full of life and always had a smile…Friends pass on but their memory lives on in our hearts

  4. As the saying goes–she danced as if no one was watching, she loved as if she never been hurt, she sang as though no one could hear you (but with the Gatliff gene this was not possible) and she lived as though heaven was on earth. She will be truly missed. Love, Audrey Licavoli

  5. Our hearts go out the the Flynn family as they have been a part of our family from the beginning. We will always remember the happiness Eileen brought to the world and the joy she brought to our lives.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. I’ll always remember Jug for her sense of humor and that wonderful smile she so readily shared with everyone. Love you all.

  7. My thoughts and prayers to Tom, Barb and Mary Pat regarding your loss. Eileen was a such a wonderful person. I feel fortunate to have known her and will cherish many fond memories of her.

  8. Our deepest condolences. She will be missed by family and friends. Sincerely, Nina and Bruno Bornino

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