BREWER, BANGOR and ORONO – Eileen “Beansie” (Hartery) Eaton, 84, passed away Jan. 21, 2013, at her home at Dirigo Pines Inn, Orono. Beansie was born Sept. 13, 1928, and raised in Brewer. She was one of nine children.
Beansie attended Brewer schools, graduating in 1946. She went on to study nursing at Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1950. She went on to work at Eastern Maine General Hospital, later known as Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she spent more than 35 years working in the Emergency Room. On Sept. 19, 1953, she married Arthur G. Eaton Jr. They were married for 46 years until his passing in 1999.
Beansie is survived by her four children, Christopher A. Eaton and his wife, Elaine, of Bass Harbor, Andrew H. Eaton and his wife, Jane, of Waikoalo, Hawaii, Martha G. Hamblen and her husband, Alan, of West Tremont and Lucy E. Eaton and her husband, John Skinner Jr., of Bangor. She was also blessed to have a combination of 16 grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren: Candace J. Kerley and husband, William, and their children, Avalon and William, of Bar Harbor, Andrea Eaton Wood and her husband, Stephen, of Freeport, Eric A. Eaton of Bass Harbor, Paul E. Eaton and wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Charlotte – affectionately called Charlie by Beansie, Danielle D. James and her husband, Christopher, of Fort Hood, Texas, Anthony W. Eaton of Waikoalo, Hawaii, Katherine E. Eaton of Waikoalo, Hawaii, and Bry – Andy and Jane’s foster son, Brittany J. Proulx and her fiancé, Ben Adams, of Blue Hill, Grace S. Eaton Hawkins of Old Town, Makala E. Skinner of Gaziantep, Turkey, Taryn D. Skinner, of Annandale, Va., Kara M. Skinner of Orland and Bangor, Alixandria Winchell of Orono and Stephanie Winchell of Colorado Springs, Colo. She has three surviving sisters, Ann Geagan and her husband, Robert, of Dedham, Marilyn Geier and her husband, Richard, of Boise, Idaho, and Judy Wood and her husband, Charles, of Arizona. Beansie was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and caregivers. She is also survived by her dear friend, Joanne Wilson of Brewer. In addition to her husband, Beansie was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Lois Hartery; her brother, Leo J. Hartery Jr.; sisters, Eloise Adams, Alice Richardson, Dona Graf and Joan Sutherland; brother-in-law, Richard F. Eaton; and sister-in-law, Doris C. Eaton. The family would like to thank the staff that became part of her family at Dirigo Pines Inn, Orono, where Beansie resided for six years. They always brought a smile to her face and she brought one to theirs. Beansie was a patient of Dr. Heather Evans at St. Joseph Family Medicine, no one could ask for a kinder or more caring group of people to care for a parent. They greeted her with open arms and helped her through the final years of her journey. Beansie adored Dr. Evans and her assistant, Melissa; she cared for them deeply and actually enjoyed her visits to the office. The family would also like to thank the staff of Loving Touch Home Care, who provided kindness and support in the last days of her life.
A service honoring her life will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Family and friends are invited to a reception at Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, immediately afterward. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 131, Levant, ME 04456, in honor of Beansie and her late husband, Arthur G. Eaton Jr.