Myra “Penny” Beattie Eiker (Gadomski), quietly passed away on the morning of 7 February 2022 at 8:15 at her home in Altadena, California. She was surrounded by family during her passing. She was 75-years-of-age. She passed away from complications due to heart disease.
Penny Eiker was born in Frederick, Maryland on 7 April 1946. She was the second child of Herbert Roland Eiker and Grace Evelyn Eiker (Zimmerman).
She spent her childhood growing-up at 278 Dill Avenue in Frederick, Maryland alongside her brother and sister. As a youth, she was very active in the Mount Carmel Methodist Church in Frederick, Maryland. She was active in several programs through the church: Methodist Youth Fellowship; Jobs Daughters. She loved being in Brownies, and subsequently Girl Scouts. In her early adulthood, she remained very active in the church, later becoming a member of the Calvary Methodist Church in Frederick, Maryland. After retiring, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and became a member of the Trinity Methodist Church, Las Vegas, Nevada. In her mid-sixties she moved to Altadena and joined the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, California.
She met many special spiritual friends along her journey. She spoke very fondly of the friendships developed with her Sisters-in-Christ bible study group she helped to form while living in Frederick, Maryland. She spoke very affectionately of her relationships with fellow members of the group: Ann Jardine, the late Anna Spadacino, Belinda Kaikko, and Dottie Dayton. She would also like to have known of her special relationships she had with Pastor Carol Munroe of Trinity Methodist Church, Las Vegas, Nevada and Pastor Sandy and Pastor Connie of First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, California. One very dear friend she met along her spiritual journey was Leslie Schultz of Frederick, Maryland.
Penny attended Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland after graduating high school, and subsequently received a degree in Dietetics from North Dakota University through a correspondence course. Her career included supervision, management, and administrative responsibilities in dietary management. Her career started at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Maryland where she worked as a supervisor. She was instrumental at setting-up dietary services at Homewood Retirement Center at the former Francis Scott Key Hotel in downtown Frederick, Maryland. She remained there for many years and subsequently transitioned to dietary administrator at Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick, Maryland. Just prior to retiring she was working as a residential and dietary counselor for mentally challenged individuals in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Besides her spiritual side she had an artistic side, too. She loved to draw and was an avid oil-painter. Her love of painting developed in her late teens and continued throughout her life. She loved the impressionist period of painters in particular, and reproduced several large scale, oil-on-canvas, Renoir and Monet paintings.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, Herbert Roland Eiker and Grace Evelyn Zimmerman; grandparents, Clayton M. Zimmerman and Myra Beattie Heberlig; her brother Herbert Roland Eiker, Jr.
She is survived by: son, Dr. Christopher John Gadomski, his husband Dr. Donald Tran Frank, and their children Alexander Frank Gadomski and William Frank Gadomski of Altadena, California; daughter, Jacqueline Marie Gadomski- Gibbons and her husband Richard Gibbons, Jr. of Frederick, Maryland; sister, Grace Evelyn Hoffman and her husband Ric Hoffman of Cabot, Vermont; sister- in-law, Ann Eiker of Thurmont, Maryland; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity, if none, Penny would like so much you give to help spread Christianity by sharing Christ’s Love, Joy, and Peace.
Services are planned for 5 March 2022 beginning at 12 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick, Maryland. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.