Virginia “Eileen” Benedict
May 24, 1931 – Aug. 3, 2012
Funeral services for Virginia “Eileen” Benedict were held Aug. 7 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Eileen, 81, died Friday, Aug. 3 at Washakie Medical Center in Worland.
She was born May 24, 1931, in Lovell, the daughter of Howard and Leonora Virginia Brown Wyckoff. She spent her childhood and attended school in Lovell. In 1949 she moved to Greybull. She married Wray T. Galusha in 1950. The couple had three children, Wrayleen, Minnie and James. They later divorced.
Eileen married Norman “Ben” Benedict in December of 1963. They both loved collecting and “antiquing” and were seen at many garage sales and auctions over the years.
Eileen was a caring mother, a talented seamstress and gardener and made a good home for her family. She enjoyed reading, needlework and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Her caring nature was a source of comfort to family and friends.
She worked for Community Outreach in Greybull for 11 years. She began as a volunteer and was later the store manager. Eileen enjoyed the many people she came to know through her work.
She moved to the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis in 2009. Although she missed Greybull she quickly made new friends.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1989.
She is survived by two daughters, Wrayleen Marcus of Greybull and Minnie Miller of Thermopolis; a son, James Galusha of Greybull; a step-son Leonard Benedict of Prospect Heights, Ill., one brother, Ken Wyckoff of Powell, two grandsons, two granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery. Memorials in Eileen’s name can be made to the Wyoming Pioneer Home, 141 Pioneer Drive, Thermopolis, WY 82443.