ELDRED, Pa. - Eleanor J. Hand, 92, formerly of Slack Hollow Road, passed away Monday (April 29, 2013) at the Sena Kean Manor following a long illness.
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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 50 years.
Mrs. Hand had been employed by an Olean attorney, but for 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, 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; a sister, Gloria Ripley of Scottsdale, Ariz; and a close friend, Donna Miller.
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 Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. Funeral services will be held Thursday (May 2, 2013) at the Eldred United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. 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.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 30, 2013