Eleanor Matlack Davis, educator Eleanor Matlack Davis, 108, died on December 1, 2012 at the Mather House at the Hill at Whitemarsh in Lafayette Hill, PA. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, W. Leonard Davis, and her daughter, Sarah Davis West (Gordon) and a great grandson, Nicholas Lorello . She is survived by her son, Charles S Davis III of Devon (Gretchen), five grandchildren, Caroline West (Jonathan Sprague) of Philadelphia, Jennifer Hawksworth of North Wales, Hannah Davis of Plainfield IL, Charles S Davis IV (Min Jung) of Bellevue, Washington and Katharine Davis of McKinney, Texas and eight great grandchildren, Sarah Borgmann, Scott Hawksworth, Hannah Sprague, Daniel Sprague, Austin Pilotte, Sarah Pilotte, Aiden Lorello, Dylan Lorello. A native of Mt. Airy and graduate of Germantown High School, she was a 1926 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher College where she majored in English and served as senior class president. A life-long educator, she taught English at West Philadelphia High School and served as an editor at the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education before her marriage. Following her marriage in 1928 to W. Leonard Davis, she did substitute teaching in Philadelphia and then at Springside School in Chestnut Hill (now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) until she became a full-time first grade teacher in 1943. In 1955 she was named Director of the Lower School, a position she held until her retirement in 1968. Thereafter she had an active retirement, volunteering in the Philadelphia public schools, at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and at All Saints Hospital, a rehabilitation facility in Wyndmoor. She and her husband raised their children in Mt. Airy, and moved to Wyndmoor in 1960. Following her retirement she and her husband travelled extensively, something she continued with friends after his death. She and her husband engaged in a life-long interest in history and genealogy, which informed many of their travels. Following her move to Springfield Retirement Residence, she was active on the Residents Council, organized and maintained the library until she was 100, and spent countless hours tending and maintaining the grounds. In 2008, at the age of 104, her health required a move to Mather House. She was a warm and caring person who throughout her life made and maintained a wide range of friends. She enjoyed contact with many former students and their families, and her genuine interest in others combined with a strong intellectual curiosity, kept her younger than her many years. Friends are welcome to join her family at a memorial service celebrating her life. The service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, on December 22, 2012 at 11:00. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory be made to St. Paul's Church 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Philadelphia PA 19118 or Alumnae Scholarship Fund at Springside Chestnut Hill 500 W. Willow Grove Ave Philadelphia PA 19118
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Dec. 5, 2012