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Eleanor Green Stebbins passed away at The Green Home in Wellsboro, early Friday, May 16, 2014.
Eleanor was born in Wellsboro on Dec. 23, 1915, one of three daughters of Lida Bailey Green and Ernest H. Green. She attended Wellsboro High School with her future husband of 57 years, Edwin Snyder Stebbins.
She graduated from Indiana State College of Pennsylvania in 1937 with a degree in Art Education. Ed and Eleanor were married on Aug. 11, 1938, and lived in Lewisburg, where he was completing his MBA at Bucknell University.
In 1940 they moved to Corning, N.Y. where Steb began his lifelong employment in accounting with Corning Glass Works. In Corning they raised two boys, Charles (Chuck) and William (Bill) and enjoyed their life together until his death on Oct. 18, 1994. Eleanor continued to live in the Corning area until her move back to her hometown, Wellsboro, in June 2013.
Eleanor was a devoted mother and wife and led a full life with many talents and interests. She and Stebbie had a wonderful circle of friends, all of whom were very active socially. All enjoyed entertaining each other. Few weeks went by without some sort of social occasion. They also enjoyed golf and duplicate bridge at the Corning Country Club, good times with friends at Keuka Lake, hunting and fishing, attending high school sporting and music events and traveling in the United States and Canada.
Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hospital Chapter, Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels and arts activities and organizations occupied much of her time. Her artistic talents were expressed in weaving, needle point, interior design, painting, teaching and playing the piano. Eleanor wove fabric for many of her clothes, and for several years wove placemats and pocketbooks for Island and Midland Crafters in the Carolinas. Her needlepoint work could be found all over their home, on chairs, benches, coasters and tapestries. Many of her friends had her needlepoint and weaving pieces. Other examples of her work include "Prints on Pine" and Pennsylvania Dutch designs painted on metal trays and pitchers. She taught art in the Corning elementary schools and was the first art teacher at Corning Community College. Eleanor loved playing the piano and was known to sit at a piano and break into song at a moment's notice, even as recently as her stays at Emeritas and The Laurels assisted living facilities.
Eleanor is survived by son, Bill (Susie) of Carlsbad, Calif; his son, Paul (Sherry); son, Chuck (Janis) of Sugar Branch Lake, Pa. and Crystal River, Fla.; granddaughter, Libby Shen (Kevin) of Sunnyvale, Calif. and their children, Zachary (five), Hazel (three), and grandson, Bart of San Francisco, Calif.
Arrangements are being made for a family service at the Bailey/Green Plot in the Wellsboro Cemetery.
Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. To share your fondest memories of Eleanor, visit www.lifecelebration.com
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Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from May 16 to May 26, 2014