ELDRED - Eleanor J. Hand, 92, formerly of Slack Hollow Road, passed away Monday (April 29, 2013) at Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport, following a long illness.
Born July 2, 1920, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Chester and Mabel Beabout Parker. On July 30, 1939, in Accident, Md., she married Ernest "Roy" Hand, who passed away on Feb. 8, 1982.
Eleanor was a graduate of Olean High School and later graduated from the Olean Business Institute as a legal secretary. She resided in Slack Hollow and the Jenny L. Manor in Eldred for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Hand had been employed by an Olean attorney, but most of her life she was a homemaker.
Eleanor was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church as well as their Circle 5, a past Sunday school teacher and was active in the "Rummage Room." She was also a member of the Lady Rebecca Lodge #526 of Eldred.
She enjoyed writing poetry and had been published. She loved gardening and flowers and was an avid reader.
Surviving are two sons, Ernest Roy Hand Jr. of Smethport and Earl "Budd" Hand of Eldred; a daughter, Patricia (Howard) Nichols of Centerville; 10 grandchildren, Anne Marie, Michelle, Kathleen, Alicia, Edward, Matthew, Vicki Lynn, Zachery, Christopher and Timothy; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gloria Ripley of Scottsdale, Ariz.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Marie Hand in 1941; a grandson, Budd Hand on Aug. 18, 1985; a brother, Richard Parker; and six sisters, Marion Skelton, Mabelle Shear, Josephine Geuder, Dorothy Sheldon, Phyllis Muccino and Rowena Clark.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Eldred United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Emery officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com