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Eileen M. Brayton

Jan. 31, 1928 – May 9, 2021

 
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Eileen Brayton

The Good Lord waived Eileen M. Brayton around 3rd base, May 9, 2021, and brought her home.

Born January 31, 1928, to Clara and Ray Lyman in Kirkland, Washington, Eileen passed away, like a whisper at 93, in her home surrounded by her family. Eileen was one of three sisters. She grew up in Kirkland, attended Kirkland High School, and entered WSU (WSC) where she met, and married her husband of 67 years, Charles (Bobo) Brayton.

After 11 years at Yakima Valley Junior College, where Bobo taught, coached baseball, football, and assisted in basketball, they moved to Pullman in 1961 where they raised their family and Bobo Brayton coached the WSU Cougar Baseball Team for 33 seasons. After Bobo retired in 1993, the couple retired to their Red Cougar River Ranch outside Pullman until Bobo Brayton's death in 2015. Eileen moved to Spokane in 2017 where she remained until her passing.

Eileen worked in the Electrical Engineering Department and the Registrar's Office at WSU and was an avid fan of all things Cougar. She shared Bobo's love of the outdoors, loved horse packing back into the Idaho primitive area, salmon fishing on Kenai or Russian Rivers in Alaska, driving the "backway home" to see the country. She loved gardening and sharing the bounty with others. She took great joy in caring for the farm animals. In addition to her "Team Mom" position, Eileen became a wild game chef extraordinaire, award-winning rug hooker, published author, a Baseball Executive, a traveling secretary (Palouse Cougars) and a reliable farm hand to mention a few. She worked hard to maintain a positive attitude and her gentle ways set an example for the world to see.

Eileen is survived by her three loving sons, Herb (Jennifer), Fritz (JoAnne), Tom (Kris); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to Bobo, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn and Betty. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 13, at 11 AM at Concordia Lutheran Church. The burial service will be private to the family at the Pullman City Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the Bobo Brayton Endowment Fund at Washington State University; the Parker Youth Sports Foundation, 6 South 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901 or to a favorite charity. On-line guest book is at http://www.kimballfh.com

The funeral will be live-streamed from ConcordiaPullman.org

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.

 

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