As the daughter of a Marine Corps colonel, Trish grew up both overseas and in the US, most notably in Haiti, Shanghai, Quantico VA and Washington DC. From early days she was an accomplished horseback rider and swimmer. In later years, she won a gold medal in the Maryland State Senior Olympics for swimming.
After graduating from college, Trish worked for the State Department for several years. She married Clayton Eakle of Washington DC in 1946, and they raised their family of three children in DC and Bethesda MD.
When the children were all grown, Trish returned to school in 1970 for her Masters Degree in Social Work. She worked for years as a social worker at various institutions, including the Veterans Administration in DC and the Naval Medical Hospital in Bethesda, until her retirement. She and Clayt spent many happy years living in Annapolis MD, traveling and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, until he passed away in 2000, the same year in which her son Chris died.
Her greatest passion was for animal welfare. Trish fostered and adopted dogs through GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) over a period of 19 years, volunteered with various animal welfare organizations, and always contributed generously to many animal rescue and rights organizations.
The family would like to thank our dedicated home healthcare workers and Whatcom Hospice Foundation for their kindness and help throughout this difficult time.
Trish is survived by her brothers Thomas and David, daughters Wendy and Judith, and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. - Anonymous, from The Northwest Indian News