Eleanor M. Ericson 1929-2018 WILLIAMSTOWN - Eleanor Mae Ericson, 89, passed peacefully following a brief illness on Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence in the Gardens in Williamstown. She was born on Aug. 26, 1929, in Baltimore, Vermont, to Dan and Mary Rich, and spent her early life in and around Springfield. As a child, Ellie, as she was known to her family and friends, attended a one-room schoolhouse in Baltimore, where her mother was the teacher. She was a graduate of Springfield High School. She attended Armstrong College in Savannah, Georgia, for two years. She worked as a nurse’s aide to support her studies. Upon her return to Vermont, Ellie enrolled in Johnson Teacher’s College (now Johnson State College). During her summer break in 1950, Ellie met Arthur Ericson while both were working on the staff at Quimby Country resort in Norton. By the end of the summer, they were engaged, and they married on Feb. 18, 1951. The couple moved to Connecticut, where Arthur worked as a quality control chemist at U.S. Rubber, and Ellie raised their three children. The couple yearned to return to Vermont, and in 1963, did so when Arthur accepted the position of developing the state’s vocational education program. The family settled in Middlesex, where Ellie’s passions for gardening and cooking, especially baking, were put to good use. The family ate well off the offerings of Ellie’s meticulously tended vegetable gardens in the summer and the canned and frozen vegetables in the winter. Twice, she served as cook at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, where her children attended. She also worked briefly as an assistant librarian for the Vermont Department of Libraries in Montpelier. Following her husband’s death in 1987, Ellie returned to Baltimore to nurse her invalid parents. Following their passing, she moved into her grandfather’s home in North Springfield, where she lived for many years. Passersby would often stop to view her extensive flower gardens in the yard. Ellie’s faith shaped her interactions with family, friends and the larger world. She was a longtime member of the Shady Rill Baptist Church in Middlesex, and she regularly attended Sunday services and Bible study during her years at the Gardens. She was a quiet and selfless volunteer. She knitted hundreds of sweaters for infants and small children for the World Vision program. Ellie is survived by her brother, Walter Rich (wife Sandy), of Baltimore; and her children Nels Ericson (wife Karen), of Chester, Laurel Ames (husband Ken), of Nobleboro, Maine, and Paula Crossett (husband Kevin), of Middlesex. She had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren at the time of her death. She cheered them on and celebrated each and every achievement. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that family and friends make a donation to World Vision’s Knit for Kids project (address: 210 Overlook Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143; email: knitforkids@worldvision.org). The family plans to hold a memorial service in the spring.

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