Anyes deHorst Eames

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AUBURN – Anyes deHorst (Rozendaal) Eames, 74, of Auburn, died peacefully Jan. 28, at The Hospice House, as a result of acute leukemia.

She was born Agns Rozendaal in Merignies, Lez-Lille, (Nord) France, on May 3, 1932, the daughter of Nanette (Isidor) of Paris and Julien Rozendaal of Lille, France.

After a harrowing escape from France ahead of the Nazi invasion, her family eventually made it to American shores, settling in Forest Hills, N.Y., achieving American citizenship on Feb. 26, 1946.

She attended Great Neck North High School, then Smith College, graduating in 1954, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. On June 26, 1954, she married Earl Ward Eames Jr., a native of Morris, Minn., a World War II Navy veteran and Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1949 chemical engineering graduate.

Her husband’s career in management consulting meant residing in various locations, including Helsinki, Finland, Weston, Mass., Manhasset, N.Y., Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Monrovia, Liberia, Cairo, Egypt, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, Minn.

She was a sensitive and insightful “people person,” who devoted herself to raising her four children, while nevertheless maintaining an active role as a volunteer and helpmeet. When employed, she chose the helping professions of hospital social worker and ed. tech. for special needs children.

Since the late 1970s, shes bravely faced a series of increasingly debilitating illnesses, of which sudden and profound bilateral deafness was the most challenging symptom. Her more recent near blindness was an added trial for this socially attuned and astute woman. Fortunately, Earl was devoted and helpful throughout their journey together. When abruptly widowed in 1998, she moved to Schooner Estates in Auburn to reside near her daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Eames, associate professor at Bates College and her grandson, Nimal Eames-Scott.

She is survived by three of her four siblings, Stephen J. Rozendaal of Edinburgh, Scotland, John D. Rozendaal of Longboat Key, Fla. and Brigitte Smith of Evanston, Ill., and Santa Fe, N.M.; four children, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Eames of Lewiston, (Earl) Ward Eames III of Golden Valley, Minn., Erik Michael Eames of West Newbury, Mass. and Christopher Paul Eames of Roswell, Ga.; eight grandchildren; several cousins; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

The family wishes to especially thank the Iris Network, the Maine Center on Deafness, Schooner Estates, the Hospice House and Stacy Redmon for their care and sensitive treatment of our loved one, Anyes deHorst Eames.

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