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Eleanor J. Smith

Eleanor J Smith, age 83, of Hockessin, DE was called home into the loving arms of Jesus on February 15, 2021.

Raised in Cochranville, PA, she was predeceased by her parents, Byron & Marie Judy, her sister Marian, and her loving husband of 46 years, Ron.  She is survived by her siblings, Margaret and Bob; her children, Ron (Kathy), Steve and Susan.  She is also survived by six grandchildren; Kyle, Andrew (Stacie), Tyler, Jacob, Julia and Jack and three great-children.

Eleanor had deep roots to Penn State.  She loved gardening, beautifying the grounds in her community, and volunteering with the Friends of the Hockessin Library.  She prioritized anything for her grandchildren.  Her schedule often revolved around attending their sporting events, activities, and annual family beach vacation.

She attended Hockessin United Methodist Church where she was active in Bible study, prayer groups and volunteering.

She was a loving wife, nurturing mother, and kind friend.

Funeral Services

A memorial service will be held Friday February 19, 2021 at 3:30PM at The Bible Fellowship Church of Newark, 808 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702.  Burial will be private.  Expressions of generosity can be made to the American Cancer Society.


    Carolyn Miller lit a candle and writes,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Eleanor at church and bible study. Her faithfulness was very inspiring.
    02/17/2021 10:53 pm
    Kimberly K Hockman lit a candle and writes,
    I loved Eleanor SO MUCH! We enjoyed many Bible Studies together at HUMC and I even went to Cokesbury to attend one there with her. She was just so smart, feeling and positive. Her smiles and encouragement warmed my heart too many times to count. I know I would likely have not seen her again, since I've moved to CO, but somehow knowing she's gone just makes things a little darker in my world. I know she wouldn't want that, so I'll hang on to the love she shared and smile that I was blessed to share part of our journeys together. I wish all of you comfort and strength during this rough time. I've seen how much many of you loved her (I know you ALL loved her, but I've only known some of you) so I know this will leave a huge void for a while. I pray the sweet memories of her and the encouraging words you've heard from her fill that void, along with a strong faith in God that she held so close. She questioned well, learned what she could and took the rest on faith. I pray the same for you all, You're in my prayers. In Love, Kymm Hockman
    02/18/2021 06:41 pm
    Sydney S. & Judith G. Forbes writes,
    She was a wonderful next door neighbor. We loved her cheery smile and our wonderful times together. She will be vey much missed in our community!
    02/18/2021 10:27 pm
    Brenda Stivale lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences to Eleanor's loving family. I met Eleanor the very first Sunday I attended HUMC. She touched me deeply with the sweet friendship she offered to a stranger. We became friends and I visited her from time to time at her home. When I lost my husband less than a year ago, she was there for me. She is with the Lord but I will never forget her. Brenda Stivale
    02/19/2021 11:50 am
    Ted & Kay Brown lit a candle and writes,
    Eleanor was a shining light of Christ. Her testimony about and leadership of small groups at Hockessin UMC was a blessing. She will be missed.
    02/19/2021 12:59 pm
    Deb Roselle writes,
    My prayers are with you all who are in Eleanor's family. I remember her best from our Ladies Bible study at Hockessin United Methodist church. She was always open-minded, observant, and so welcoming. Her warmth and intelligence shone through everything she did. She will be sorely missed.
    02/19/2021 01:37 pm
    Deb H writes,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Eleanors passing, she was such a wonderful, caring person. I will miss sitting with her on Sunday and sharing our family news. She was so proud of you all, and excited for your future. May your memories bring you peace. Me deepest sympathies, Deb Harbaugh
    02/20/2021 07:37 am
    Beth Graham Gregorich lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Eleanor... She was very loving and kind and I will always remember her fondly. Sending love to the rest of the family. ❤️
    02/23/2021 11:26 pm
    nancy d’orazio lit a candle and writes,
    eleanor and i shared many good memories: being the wife of graduate school husbands (tight budget) learning motherhood with our first child (Ron and Larry turned out just fine).....joining the baby-sitting co-op in order to work little jobs....celebrating the awesome purchase of our first home...different politics but with understanding... the best memory is how we shared our laughter and tears.....good friends forever.
    02/24/2021 08:46 am
    Mary Ball Morton writes,
    John and I were very sad to learn of Eleanor's death. We have many good memories of Eleanor and family through our volunteer work together, many hours at the Hercules Country Club, and social occasions. She was a delightful person. We send our condolences to her family.
    02/27/2021 01:37 pm
    Laurie A Doberstein lit a candle and writes,
    My heart breaks for Eleanor's family. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved her so much. She was such a sweet, generous person inside and out and I loved working for her. Susan,Jacob,Julia and Jack, my heart goes out to all of you. She will be missed dearly by so many people.
    03/20/2021 06:37 pm
    Marie Doberstein lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry about Eleanor’s passing! I really loved her so much!!! She was the kindest, sweetest person I’ve ever known. And after all the years I’ve known her she Still looked the same, she never seemed to age! I’m glad I had the honor to know her, and her family as well. I know how much she’ll be missed. Please know I’m thinking of all of you in these hard trying times♥️
    03/20/2021 06:39 pm

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