December 26, 1919 ~ February 21, 2010
Slusher, Eileen Marie a 60 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Harbor Springs, MI., Eileen was 90 when she died. Eileen was a member of Walteria United Methodist Church, Church Women United, and the Interfaith Council of South Bay. Her family moved to Elgin, Illinois, where she graduated from Elgin High School. She met and married her first husband, Kenneth Waterman, in Elgin. Eileen and Kenny had two children, Linda Mae and William Lee during their short time together. A few years after Kenny's sudden death, Eileen took a trip to California where she met the man who would become her second husband, Robert Padelford. Bob and Eileen had one daughter, Deborah Jean. Sadly, Bob passed away leaving Eileen a widow for the second time. In 1973, Eileen was married for the third time to the Reverend Harold M. Slusher. They had 10 wonderful years together. She became a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to Harold's family as well as her own. Eileen had a lifelong love of music. An accomplished vocalist, pianist, and organist, singing in Los Cancioneros, and playing for the Choral Belles who performed in convalescent hospitals throughout the South Bay. Perhaps her greatest love was playing the organ and directing the choir at Walteria United Methodist Church where she was a member for fifty years. Eileen had a big heart that showed in her love and concern for others less fortunate than herself. Over the years she supported many ministries and charities. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and bowling twice a week. Never one to sit still for long, she was constantly expanding her horizons, As a young mother she established a piano studio in her home, had a cub scout troop, and in her 80's she started a prayer shawl ministry. Throughout her life she showed her perseverance and strength as she faced tragedy and declining health. She is survived by her Daughters, Deborah Kathan of Guerneville, CA and Linda Waterman of Lomita, CA., her Son, Bill Waterman of Torrance, CA., her Brother, Leslie Davenport of CA, and her Sister, Carol Hein of Locust Grove, VA, Preceded in death by her Parents, Alfred James Davenport and Myrtle Amanda Davenport, her husbands, Kenneth T. Waterman, Robert E. Padelford, and Harold M. Slusher, daughter who died in infancy, Ann Marie, five grandchildren, eleven great grand children, two great great grandchildren, and the stepchildren and grandchildren of the Slusher family. A Visitation will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Friday, February 26, 2010 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A graveside service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 12:30 P.M. A memorial celebration will be held at Walteria United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 2:00 P.M., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Walteria United Methodist Church, earmarked "Worship and Music Fund" in honor of Eileen Slusher.
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