|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1932|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 2010|
Eleanor G. Abell (nee Margaret Eleanor Gardiner) 78, of Crystal River, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family and in the care of Hospice of Citrus County on July 1, 2010. Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up in Charles County (Southern Maryland), earned her BA in French and Secondary Education at Dunbarton College of Holy Cross, and taught in Maryland and Washington, D.C., before marriage and moving to Miami, Florida. She taught high school French and English, and was actively involved in adult education and literacy programs. Eleanor taught French at Madonna Academy in Hollywood, FL, for 12 years before retiring in 1980. An avid sewer and crafter, she also taught home economics for several years at Madonna. Her French classes were a celebration of everything French: the language, the arts, the culture, the architecture, the history and the cuisine. Students in her French classes received an immersion in French as they learned the language in "Madame Abell's" lively classes.
A fan of Julia Child and cooking shows on PBS, Eleanor instilled a love of cooking and fine dining in her family. She was an exceptional baker and enjoyed trying new recipes and sharing with her family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed the performing arts and was a fan of the Miami Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet. The family spent many memorable summer evenings attending concerts at the Miami Marine Stadium. Eleanor also instilled her love of art in her daughters, and they enjoyed touring museums and fine arts shows. An avid traveler, Eleanor her husband enjoyed several trips to Europe and many cruises. She loved the beach and shared many moments of discovery with family and friends searching for shells and bird watching.
Eleanor and her husband moved to Citrus County in 1992, where they enjoyed the rivers and wildlife. A champion of the environment, she was a volunteer at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. She was an avid reader and was involved with literacy tutoring for many years in South Florida and Citrus County. Memberships included St. Scholastica Catholic Church, the National Audubon Society, Citrus County Audubon Society, Friends of Coastal Region Library, Friends of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, the Nature Conservancy, the Florida Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Preceded in death by her parents, Hugh C. and Margaret F. Gardiner, and sister Nancy Jo, Eleanor is survived by husband of 54 years, Joseph C. Abell; daughters Nancy Nicolas (Brian) of Farmingdale, NY, Judy Baughman (Brian) of Dunnellon, and Martha Shrader (Michael) of Palm Harbor; four grandchildren Christopher Baughman, Jennifer Baughman, Jonathan Nicolas and Candice Nicolas Billings; sisters Cathy Young of Ocala, Sister Mary Martha Gardiner, IHM, of Scranton, PA, Susan Larkin (James T.) of Greenwich, CT; brothers Hugh Gardiner (Hilda) and David Gardiner (Ann) of La Plata, MD; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends and neighbors.
Family will be receiving friends on Monday, July 5, 2010, at the Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto, FL, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 until 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto. Interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County.
Brown Funeral Home and Crematory Lecanto, Florida.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle
Loving Wife, Mom, Grandma, & Teacher
Florida National Cemetery
Plot: SECTION 609 SITE 1617
Created by: Doris Albro
Record added: Jul 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54515048