ELINOR BRODERICK

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ELINOR BRODERICK Elinor L. Broderick, married for 70 years to a boy she met in ancient history class, died peacefully on November 4th in St. Lucie County, Florida. She was 97. Born Pauline Gillies in 1915, she was adopted a few years later as Elinor by the Lyon family of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. While attending Chicopee schools she met Harold, son of Irish Catholic immigrants, an unlikely match for a Protestant New Englander. Eventually winning acceptance into each other's families, they sensibly waited for the end of the Great Depression before marrying in 1940. Elinor attended Skidmore College and trained as an illustrator at what is now Parsons School of Design in New York. While at art school she lived at the Three Arts Club a residence for young women artists, musicians and writers. She worked in Providence, Rhode Island drawing and painting fashions for a department store before photography was widely used in newspaper advertisements. Although she later chose to work as a housewife she continued to paint into her 80's. Early in her marriage, Elinor accompanied her husband to Key West where he was stationed in the Navy's Atlantic Fleet in World War II. Later they traveled together for pleasure, and in conjunction with his work in the brewing industry, to Europe, Australia, Asia, Central and South America, and throughout the United States. They raised two children in West Springfield and Pittsburgh where Elinor was active in civic organizations and proud of her work to help the Northland Public Library. In 1975 the couple moved to Stuart, living there happily for over 30 years. Her devoted husband, Harold, her son, Jonathan, and Gina, the mother of her beloved grandsons, preceded her in death. Elinor is survived by her daughter, Ellen, two grandsons, Samuel and Anthony, and two great grandchildren. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 25, 2012
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