Jeannette Skelton Eisentrager, 90, passed on to her heavenly home on Friday, January 11, 2013. Jeannette was born on June 11, 1922 in Edinboro, Pennsylvania to Brady James Skelton and Sylvia Whipple Skelton. Jeannette graduated Edinboro High School in 1940 and from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1943. She promptly married Harley Eisentrager on June 12, 1943, and became a pastor’s wife, faithfully supporting him in each church they ministered.
Harley and Jeannette pastored in upstate New York, and then crossed the country to Tumwater, Washington in 1948. In 1951 they moved to Kennewick, Washington where they started the West Highlands Baptist Church. In 1965 the family moved to Kuna, where Jeannette opened a kindergarten class, teaching for several years in her home. After Harley’s death, Jeannette moved to Meridian. She spent the last several months living with her daughter and son-in-law Ruth & Wayne Durham.
Jeannette was always a faithful servant at church. Jeannette loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and strove to be a disciple in His Word. She taught Sunday School, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, and was the pianist for Harley at the first churches he pastored. She attended Meridian First Baptist for over 25 years. Her summers were often spent cooking at Camp Maranatha near Warm Lake.
At the age of 72, Jeannette decided to retire from the Kuna School District after being employed for 22 years. During her time in the Kuna District she touched many lives while working in the office, special education class, study hall, counselor’s office and library. Always wanting to keep in contact with friends and family, Jeannette learned how to use a computer and e-mail at the age of 65.
After retirement she kept herself busy by volunteering at church, helping in her granddaughter’s classroom and making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. Not one for sitting around, Jeannette kept herself busy and always looked for ways to be helpful to others. Jeannette loved and doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 12 siblings, and husband. She is survived by one brother, Paul Skelton of Waterford, PA; sons, Paul (Dawn) of Edmonton, Canada; Dan (Carla) of Elk Grove, CA; David (Faye) of Boise, ID; daughters Ruth Durham (Wayne) of Boise, ID; Debbie Medsker (Kirk) of Boise, ID; and Joy Haney (Roger) of Meridian, ID; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Heart & Home Hospice for their care and support. In particular they are thankful for her nurses Katie, Kerri, Jennifer, Linda, and her CNA Anne.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Notice of the service will be published in the newspaper. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Camp Pinewood in McCall, Idaho or your favorite charity in her name. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, Meridian 888-4454.
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