Eileen Evelyn Smith
Date of Birth
December 28, 1937
Blair, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
June 6, 2022
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Saturday, June 11, 2022 ~ 10:30 a.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Friday, June 10, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designation

Eileen Evelyn Smith, 84, of Ashland, NE, entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Oxbow Living Center in Ashland, NE.  She was born December 28, 1937 in Blair, NE to Rudolph and Gladys (Johnsen) Matzen.  Eileen graduated from Blair High School in 1956.  In March 1973, Eileen and husband Bill moved the family from the Omaha Keystone neighborhood to Ashland.

Through the years, Eileen worked for Purex Soap Factory, JC Penny’s at the Westroads, Copper Plate, and Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools.  She was a dedicated custodian and school bus driver for 27 years, and the biggest A-G Bluejay fan.  Eileen loved supporting her family at their activities and events.  She also enjoyed completing puzzles, watching stock car races or Wheel of Fortune, reading the paper, sewing, and listening to music.

She is survived by her children, Ginger (Bob) Rist of Ashland, NE, Debra Sillman of Ashland, NE, Theresa (Tony) Davison of Greenwood, NE, Michael Smith of Ashland, NE, Patrick Smith of Lincoln, NE, Daniel (Julie) Smith of Ashland, NE, Rudy (Becky) Smith of Bartlett, NE and James (Jamie) Smith of Lincoln, NE; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Lambrecht, Marian (Clifford) Ward and Linda (Clark) Johnson; many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by great-grandson, Sebastian Ward; parents, Rudolph and Gladys Matzen; son-in-law, Rick Sillman; brother-in-law, Kenneth Lambrecht.

Condolences for Eileen Evelyn Smith
  1. Vana Rogers
    • June 8, 2022 - 4 months ago

    So very sorry for the loss of Eileen. My sympathy to all.

  2. Paula Akers
    • June 8, 2022 - 4 months ago

    So sorry for your loss!! Prayers for you all 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Michael Crouch
    • June 8, 2022 - 4 months ago

    We are sorry to hear about your mom our prayers are with the family mike and amy

  4. Jeremy strahan
    • June 9, 2022 - 4 months ago

    She will truly be missed was a great bus driver and like a grandma to me

  5. Michelle West
    • June 10, 2022 - 4 months ago

    Our Deepest Condolences to ALL of the FAMILY. What an incredible Woman! No one will ever replace this Lady. Bill and Michelle West🌹💔😓

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