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Therese Jeanne Eyen
November 25, 1930 ~ November 3, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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On Friday, November 3, 2023, Therese Jeanne (Hamme) Eyen, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Cambridge, Ohio. She was born in Cambridge on November 25, 1930. Having lived a complete life, filled with love and joyful experiences with her large family, she was ready to join our Lord.
Therese had recently celebrated her 75th wedding anniversary with her husband James Eyen, with whom she raised eight children. For 28 years, they owned and managed the Point Restaurant in Cambridge, until 1976.
Therese was the mother of eight children, but also dedicated her life to helping and teaching other children. She was a founding member and former president of Women Interested in Children (WIC), a charitable organization for at-risk youth in Guernsey County. She also was a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of St. Benedict Church. Therese spent 15 years as an elementary school teacher’s aide for Cambridge City Schools, until her retirement in 1995. She spent her retirement years often helping to care for her many grandchildren.
Therese graduated as the valedictorian of her St. Benedict High School class of 1948. A curious, lifelong learner, she was an avid reader with an amazing ability to vividly recall memories of past events, which enabled her to tell rapturous stories of her amazing life experiences. She loved to watch Jeopardy! and PBS. She could play the piano naturally, by ear, was an accomplished painter, and enjoyed playing cards in her bridge club. Therese was good with numbers and was a self-taught tax preparer for clients of her husband James’s financial planning firm.
Therese had a great interest in history and genealogy. She was able to trace her own family’s lineage not only back to the founders of the city of Cambridge, Ohio, but also back to the first European settlers of the Northwest Territory. She once traveled to England to visit the town where one of her ancestors had lived.
Therese loved to travel, often as part of a group of family members. Over her many trips and cruises, she visited all 50 states, most of Europe, and went as far away as China.
In 1986, after the last of her eight children had graduated from high school, Therese was named Mother-Of-The-Year of Cambridge, Ohio. She was the matriarch of an expansive Eyen family with whom she shared large holiday celebrations full of love. Besides her husband James, she is survived by 7 children: Charles (& Sherry Crawford) Eyen, Jan Eyen Davis, Robert (& Joette) Eyen, Stephen Eyen, Kevin Eyen, Eric (& Jane) Eyen and Sean Eyen; daughter-in-law Jennifer Eyen; 12 grandchildren: Jason (& Sunny Killina) Davis, Troy Davis, Vanessa Eyen, Nathan Eyen, Ingrid (& Ty Greenstein) Eyen, Jordan Davis, Greg (& Samantha) Eyen, Whitney (& Chris) Marshall, Zachary Eyen, Ashley Eyen, Jake (& Mackenzie) Eyen and Erica Eyen; 14 great-grandchildren: Sean Cook, Colin Eyen, Megdalen Eyen, Samantha Davis, Rowan Killina, Stephen Davis, Salem Davis, Brennen Eyen, Wesley Marshall, Sage Collins, Quinten Eyen, Amelia Marshall, Vivien Eyen, and Preston Eyen; 2 great-great-grandchildren: Hazel and Everett Eyen; plus many nephews and nieces.
Therese is preceded in death by parents Paul and Doris (Mayberry) Hamme, brothers Charles and James Hamme, sister Patricia Hamme, son Mark Eyen, and granddaughter Juliette Eyen.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 701 Gomber Ave., Cambridge, Ohio.
Memorial contributions can be made in Therese’s name to Hospice of Guernsey.