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Of Ft. Belvoir, VA, age 91, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Col. Robert K. Sawyer (USA Ret.) and loving mother of Janice (Quinton Gabriel), Robert K. Jr. (Theresa Sawyer), William, and Peter (Susan Sawyer). A gold star mother, her son, Kenneth, preceded her in death on February 12, 1969. Loving grandmother to Darrin and Kevin Gabriel, David Sawyer, Elizabeth Sawyer Cherian, Kimberly, Kelly, Jason and Erin Sawyer. She also leaves behind four great-grandsons Kevin and Matthew Gabriel, as well as Robert and Michael Sawyer, along with two surviving brothers, Howard and William Rideout. A native of Somerville, MA, Eleanor was an accomplished genealogist, having published three volumes on The Sawyers of New England. A memorial service will be held in the auditorium at The Fairfax, Ft. Belvoir on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. Burial will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans organization (http://www.dav.org/).

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2013
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