Eleanor Elien Johnson Lynch, 87
Longtime Lakeview resident Eleanor Lynch died April 12, 2021, at her home.
Eleanor was born on August 30, 1933, in Waukegan, Illinois. She attended Waukegan High School and the University of Illinois.
She worked for the U.S. Department of the Navy until she met and married George Verges in 1960. The couple moved to Denver, and she used to joke that it took six months before her Chicago clothes came back in style in the West.
The couple owned and operated the Outlaw Restaurant in Ouray, Colorado. She met John Wayne during the filming of True Grit, and Wayne was so taken by her, he gave her his hat.
In 1973, she and George moved to Lakeview where they purchased the Plush West Restaurant.
As they divorced, she accepted a job at the Lake County School District as the administrative assistant to the superintendent, where she worked for 20 years.
She married Lakeview native Jim Lynch in 1985 and stood by his side in sickness and in health. Jim and Eleanor squeezed a lifetime of cherished travels and adventures into their 34 years of marriage.
Eleanor was a longstanding and active member of Lakeview Soroptimists, serving as president — twice — and head of numerous committees.
She was very active in and supportive of the Lake District Hospital Auxiliary and she devoted years to serve on the Lake Co. Museum committee. She was active in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and, later in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Every Memorial Day since 1979, she would arrive at Dr. Daly's grave to pull weeds, rake, and thoughtfully arrange fresh silk flowers in gratitude toward the man whose scholarship would provide college educations to her three children. In the fall, she would return with weed killer to prepare the grave for a long winter. As time went on, she extended this caretaking to numerous friends and family members.
She was a good sport about adopting changes in technology that her children were constantly pushing. An avid bridge player, she was known as a charming conversationalist and could always be counted on to bring tasty, homemade treats.
She was a regular at Wednesday night tacos at the Elks Club. She took great care of herself, mindful of cooking healthy meals and doing her assigned exercises. She did everything right.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her mother, Elien Ingeborg Johnson, and her husband, Jim Lynch. She is survived by her daughter Cynthia (Dan) Warnock of Imnaha; son Jeff (Karen) Verges of Eugene; daughter Christine (Carlos) Gacharná of Leesburg, Va; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Breda (Jack) Flynn of Plush; and a strong cadre of residents whom she affectionally referred to as the people who make Lakeview her home.
Donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
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St. Patrick's Catholic Church
PO Box 29, Lakeview OR 97630