Eileen F. Regier died Friday in Clay Center at the age of 94.
She was born July 11, 1925, in Marion, to Glenn Hoover and Irene Keazer Hoover. Eileen was raised in Marion and graduated from high school in 1942.
After graduation, Eileen worked at the Marion County Extension Office during World War II to save money for college. She attended the University of Kansas for one year, cementing her lifelong loyalty to the Jayhawks.
Eileen married Vernon Regier, the love of her life, on Dec. 5, 1948, in Marion. They made their initial home in Marion, where they welcomed their first child, Cheryl. Later they moved to Concordia, where Jim was born.
They also spent several years in Hays before making their permanent residence in Clay Center, 57 years ago.
Eileen was active in NEA Women’s Study Club, belonged to several bridge clubs, and other social organizations.
A mighty woman of God who led by example, Eileen was a member of the United Methodist Church for 57 years. A faithful and gracious daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Eileen will be missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by husband Vernon on Jan. 21, 1998, as well as her parents, brothers Bob and Larry Hoover, and sister-in-law FernEtta Hoover.
Survivors include daughter Cheryl (Mick) Payne of Clay Center; son Jim (Rowena) Regier of Topeka; grandchildren Christi (Mike) Rice of Clay Center, Kyleigh Payne (Jonathan Moore) of Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Regier of Topeka, Kelsey (Blake) Fields of Cassville, Missouri, and Matthew (Jessica) Regier of Topeka; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Pat Hoover of Euless, Texas.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Clay Center United Methodist Church, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, and memorials can be sent to the United Methodist Church.