Eileen Govan

Obituary of Eileen Paddy Govan

On August 20, 2022, our dear mother passed from this life. Paddy was born on May 27, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to John Fraser and Isabelle Hughes Fraser. In 1950 Paddy married the true love of her life, Duncan Eben Govan, and they proceeded to have 6 children together. As a registered nurse and a doctor of urological surgery at Stanford University, Paddy and Duncan led a full life upon moving to Palo Alto in 1961. Paddy is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Duncan Eben, and second son, Duncan Fraser.


Our mother was the strength behind the family.  She was a partner, a confidant, the accountant, the caretaker, and always the person that believed in you. Our home was a place of comfort for family and friends alike; a place where the door was open, where one could get a good meal and a welcoming ear. And of course, always cookies!


We say goodbye to our dear mother, a person who could always be counted upon for love and comfort.  A role model for how to treat others with kindness. She believed and lived by the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. We hold her memory in our hearts.


Paddy is survived by 5 children, Douglas, Reg (Marianne), Jennifer (Chuck), Jamie (Renee), Jill (Mike), and by 15 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

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