Lieutenant Colonel Eleanor V. Spiller, of Warren, a retired Army Nurse, 85, died on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, NH. Colonel Spiller was born April 23, 1928, in Haverhill, MA to Victor H. and Lillian R. (LeLacheur) Spiller. She attended primary, grammar and high school in Salem, MA. She graduated from the Addison Gilbert Hospital, 3 years, Nurses Training School, in 1949 and received her BS in Nursing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1966. She attended the First Universalist Church until she moved to New Hampshire and became an associate member of the Warren Methodist Church and member of the First Congregational Church in Wentworth. Descended from early American colonists, Spiller and her brother joined a long line of ancestors who served in uniform during the French-Indian Wars, War of Revolution, Civil War, World Wars I & II, Korean War
and Vietnam War
, believing military service is the duty and responsibility of all citizens. Serving over 21 years of active military duty, Eleanor served during the conflicts in Korea 1951-1952, Republic of Vietnam 1968-1969, and other overseas duty assignments in Japan, Germany, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, with many stateside postings in between. Following her Army retirement, Spiller was a nature guide and teacher at the Ipswich River Audubon Sanctuary, a gallery guide at the Peabody Marine Museum, Salem, MA, a docent for many years at the historic Pingree House of Essex Institute, also in Salem. She was also a member of the Essex Society of Genealogists, and transcribed guest lectures for publication. Colonel Spiller contributed multiple historical articles for publication. She was also a member of the Beverly, MA Historical Society Literary Group where she wrote many historical columns for the Beverly Times. She was accepted for membership by both the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Colonel Spiller was an avid watercolor artist having several individual shows. She helped set up art exhibits each year at the Plymouth, NH State Fair, North Haverhill, NH Fair and the annual grand exhibition at the Bristol, NH Federated Church. She did many photography slide programs and talks at nursing homes, churches and historical societies. Among the seven histories she has written are, Beverly Journeys, An Activities Book for Children, and John Hale, Man Beset by Witches, about the first minister of Beverly who until his own wife was accused, was a supporter of the trials of 1692. Upon moving to Warren, NH in 1976, Colonel Spiller became an enthusiastic snowshoer becoming the publicity agent for the Pasquaney Snowshoe Club. For 18 years she was a researcher at the New Hampshire Historical Society. She worked on the quarterly fund drives for New Hampshire Public Radio and created historical exhibits and recorded artifacts and documents in the new Warren Historical Museum. The Warren Veterans Memorial Park tablets in bronze set for World War II
, Korean War, and Vietnam War, was researched and designed by Colonel Spiller and with a cadre of veterans and non-veterans who set the appointments honoring those who served. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Wayne Spiller. She is survived by her nephew, Richard James Spiller of Las Vegas, NV. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 8th, at 11:30 AM in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com
Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.