Omaha Says Goodbye to Eyman Family Matriarch
60 years ago, Robert Eyman Sr saw a need in his community. Robert, his wife Marie, and son and daughter in law, Bob Jr and Anne, decided to bring their tireless work ethic and family values to their friends and neighbors, starting Eyman Plumbing in 1957.
In addition to being a full time mom to 4, and eventually 6 children, Anne spent her free time helping her father-in-law and husband run the business. Packing their 4 small children into the car, she would run errands for the budding company.
She would often load the family car with pipe, fitting it between her children and delivering materials to clients or job sites. She took them all with her to city hall to apply for and pick up permits. After work, she did all the bookkeeping and behind the scenes work.
She became a figure Omaha could trust, and clients looked forward to dealing with Anne. As she instilled this work ethic in her children, she never lost sight of her goals for the family.
“She could always see the long-term growth plan.” Said Tom Eyman, Anne’s son. “She was always the hammer that drove the nail, no matter what was going on, she put her head down and went to work.”
Anne continued to show up to work long after retiring, taking on different roles in the company and with the clients. She kept coming until just about a year ago. At that point, her loving children took up vigil in her home, making sure she was never alone.
“We were all blessed. She was just a great person.”
The matriarch of the Eyman family was laid to rest on Monday, October 9, 2017.
As the director of the funeral home prepared for her celebration of life, he called Tom in with one unforeseen problem that needed addressed.
“He said: ‘First, I think we need to book our largest chapel. Second, we’re going to need a plan to deal with the flowers. I have never seen so many flowers for an individual.’”
“It’s really a testament to who she was. It was fitting. At 88 years old, she had so many people there to see her off. She was loved.”