Quilcene lost a champion on May 8, 2012 with the passing of Mrs. Eileen Worthington at her home.
In 1999, Eileen donated a piece of her land at the corner of Columbia and Center Roads, to create the current museum site. She was a founding member of the Quilcene Historical Museum and served on the Board.
In 2008, Eileen was named “Honored Citizen” at the Quilcene Fair and Parade. Although Eileen, at age 90, was not able to join in the parade, the event reminded the community about how the town benefited from her generous and kind spirit.She was always supportive of the Quilcene Schools, Quilcene Community Center, Quilcene Historical Museum and other groups, activities and organizations. Over the years, she very generously donated time, money, knowledge, encouragement, books and a love of reading to many.
In 2011, she gave permission for the museum to build the Linger Longer Outdoor Theater in the field next to the house.
Interviewed in 2011, Eileen said the idea of the museum buying the Worthington property dovetailed with her interest in education and ensures the future of the house, which she was concerned might be torn down.
“In working with the museum board to place the property in their care, I know this unique piece of history can be used as a learning environment; not only for our children, but the community in general. It is my belief that the museum will be good stewards of the land and use the facilities and grounds to enhance many new opportunities for our town.” — Eileen Worthington
Eileen Worthington is sorely missed in Quilcene.