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Eleanor Wollaston Hawthorne

Eleanor Wollaston Hawthorne of Kennett Square Eleanor Wollaston Hawthorne, died peacefully on Feb. 10, 2013, in Linden Hall. Having lived on the family farm, Maple Lawn Farm, for the majority of her life, she resided at the Friends Home in Kennett for the past 29 years. She was the wife of the late Ralph L. Hawthorne with whom she shared eight years of marriage, until his death in 1983. Born Jan. 8, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Howard C. and Ellen Mitchell Wollaston. A 1935 graduate of Kennett High School, she also attended Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. Eleanor was employed as a secretary in the accounting department at the DuPont Company for 32 years, retiring in 1975. She was a lifelong member of New Garden Friends Meeting and also a member of London Grove Grange, West Grove BPW, and the New Garment Association. For many years, Eleanor volunteered at the Jennersville Regional Hospital and was also a Hospice volunteer at Linden Hall. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, traveling, collecting owls, and especially her trips to Woodside Creamery for ice cream, at the farm where her mother was raised, which is still owned by the Mitchell family. A loving, kind and generous aunt who led by example, she was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by her two nephews, Thomas Wollaston (Mary) and Robert Wollaston; five nieces, Margaret Empet (Dale), Martha Johnson (Stephen), Nancy McMahon (William), Catherine Guest (Stanley) and Elizabeth Stahlnecker (Kevin); 15 great-nieces and nephews and six great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, J. Paul and Charles T. Wollaston and a niece, Jane Wollaston. Visitation will be from 1 to 2, Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, at the New Garden Friends Meeting, 875 Newark Rd. & New Garden Rd., Toughkenamon, Pa. Her memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of her generosity and desire to help others, memorial contributions may be made to the Neighborhood Services Center, 35 N. Third St., Oxford, PA 19363 or Friends Home in Kennett, 147 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Please write Eleanor Hawthorne Memorial in the memo. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 13, 2013
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