Eleanor W. BeckleyMay 30,2012
WATERBURY — Eleanor W. Beckley, 92, of Butler Street, passed away in the comfort of her home and family Sunday, May 27, 2012. Born in Stowe on June 15, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Ernest E. and Lois (Straw) Wright. Eleanor married David Beckley who predeceased her on Aug. 24, 1995.
Eleanor was a 1939 graduate of Stowe High School and then worked for several years as a psychiatric technician at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Moving to Fort Garland, Colo., Eleanor worked for over 20 years as a homecare provider and was involved in that community as a member of the Fort Garland Revitalization Committee and Daughters of the Nile in Pueblo, Colo. She was well known also for her “Ellie Doggies”, stuffed toy dogs that she made to the delight of many children at the Shriners Hospitals and Colorado Boys Ranch in La Junta, Colo.
Eleanor returned to Vermont, living in Vergennes with her sister Jean Wright Beach and became active in the United Church of Christ there. Eleanor has resided for the past three years in Waterbury to be close to her stepdaughter, Pauline Martin.
Although Eleanor did not have children of her own, she has been blessed with a large and loving family. She is survived by her step-children, Pauline Martin and her husband, Kenneth of Waterbury, Dale Beckley Downing of Auburn, Ala., Lloyd Tatro and his wife, Pat of Bennett, Colo., Rollie Tatro and his wife, Rosalyn of Las Vegas, Nev., William Tatro and his wife, Irene of Las Vegas, and Stevan Beckley of Enterprise, Ala.; 31 step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her step-daughters-in-law, Mary Ellen Trask of Waterbury and Joycelyn Adams of Belvidere; her sister-in-law, Elaine Lyon of Show Low, Ariz.; her foster son, F. Lee White of Orange and his sons, Andrew, Nicholas and Adam; as well as her close friends, Lucinda Beatty of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Barbara Lavoie of Ferrisburg.
Eleanor was predeceased by four stepsons, Raymond Tatro, Kenneth Adams, Merrill Tatro and Paul Tatro, her brother, Walter H. Wright and her sister, Jean Wright Beach.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to TLC Nursing Associates of South Burlington for the comfort, care and compassion shown to Eleanor and her family.
Memorial services will be held from the Waterbury Congregational Church on Monday, June 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. Inurnment will take place in Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org) or to the Stowe Historical Society, PO Box 730, Stowe VT 05672. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.
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