Eileen Margaret Kelly, 59, of Riverside, died unexpectedly on April 21, 2022 at her home.
She was born May 9, 1962 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the daughter of Joyce Marie (nee Troxler) Kelly and Robert Leo Kelly Sr. She lived with her parents and five brothers and sisters in Idaho, New York, Minnesota, Alabama and Pennsylvania before attending high school in Lisle.
Ms. Kelly spent a formative academic year as an exchange student in South Africa before graduating in the class of 1980. She attended the University of Illinois and subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked in theater, first as an intern and later as a manager of local programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
She was the company manager for the touring musical “Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend,” in 1986-87. Ms. Kelly moved to Chicago in 1989 where she met Edward G. Torrez. They were married in 1993 and settled in Riverside.
Ms. Kelly worked at Everen Capital Corporation for many years before she turned her interest in architecture and design into a successful tenure as a local realtor, which culminated at @properties in Oak Park.
She and Mr. Torrez divorced in 2003 at which point she lived in Berwyn for several years before moving back to Riverside. Eileen was dedicated to her community, her canine friends, and her loving family
Ms. Kelly is survived by her siblings Robert Leo, Michael James, Joyce Marie, Consuelo (Connie) Anne and Peter John, as well as her beloved nieces and nephews Scott, Kristi, Maeve, Erin, Kelly, Axel, Liam and Declan.
Those who wish to remember Eileen by way of a memorial, may make donations to your local arts programs, mental health agency and animal shelters.
A memorial service will be held June 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 Cermak Road, Forest Park.