Eileen Armstrong Wilcox passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2021 at the age of 89 surrounded by her children. Eileen was born to John Denton Armstrong and Edith Vanatta Armstrong of Sussex, New Jersey and preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles J. Wilcox, a professor of Dairy Science at the University of Florida.
Eileen held a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont. After teaching in public schools for five years, she moved with her family to Gainesville in 1959 and became a member of the First Presbyterian Church (FPC). She was a volunteer at FPC Nursery School and was soon hired as a teacher, followed by the positions of Assistant Director, then Director in 1970. Certified in elementary and early childhood education in Vermont, New Jersey and Florida, Eileen served as Director of the FPC Nursery School for 21years. In addition to her work with the nursery school, she participated at FPC as a Sunday school teacher and coordinator of the primary department. She was active in Gainesville City Panhellenic, a member of the Junior Women’s Club, University Women’s Club, Garden Club and Agricultural Women’s Club. She was an ordained elder and traveled internationally for study in early childhood education. Upon retirement, she enjoyed sharing music with residents of assisted living centers in Gainesville and Ocala. An accomplished pianist who played by ear, Eileen’s musical sessions were greatly enjoyed by the residents.
Eileen will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include Marsha Wilcox Mastriforte of Waleska, GA and Douglas Edward Wilcox (Kim) of Madison, MS and five grandchildren. A private memorial service was held at Milam Funeral Home. For those who wish, donations may be made to the American Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com