Eileen E. Maines
LITTLETON – Eileen E. Maines, 86 years old, of Independence, IA, and formerly of Littleton, IA, died Sunday, February 28, 2021, following a long illness at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence.

Eileen was born June 18, 1934, at home in rural Benton County, IA, the daughter of Edwin Dennis Close and Ellen Marie (Phelps) Close. She attended school in Littleton and then in Jesup, IA. On May 9, 1953, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Darrel Maines in Colorado Springs, CO. They made their home in Littleton, IA, where Eileen was a homemaker. In her early years, she worked at the canning plant in Vinton, IA, as well as a number of restaurants in the area.

Eileen loved her family. She enjoyed her grandchildren and always looked forward to the many family gatherings. She liked to crochet and made many blankets over the years. Eileen was a member of the Littleton Presbyterian Church.

Eileen is survived by two sons, Edwin “Ed” (Tina) Maines and Darrel (Cindy) Maines, all of Jesup, IA; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Dorothy Schroeder of Vinton, IA, and Kate (Larry) Dickerson of The Villages, FL.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her Husband Wilbur in 2018; one great-grandson, Brett; six brothers, Walter Close, John Close, Glenn Close, Lloyd Close, Allen Close, Richard Close; four sisters, Ellen Mae Close, Mary Hill Graves, Ann McKeeman, Donna Hansen; two nephews, Kevin Close, Scott Close; and one niece, Shelly Ann Close.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, with Rev. Dawn Person presiding. Burial was at the Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, IA. Visitation was from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2 at White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA. Visitation continued for an hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.

White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of arrangements.
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