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HUNTINGTON--Eleanor, longtime resident of Rye, New York, passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2011, with her family by her side. Mrs. Huntington was born on October 2, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Raven Hill Academy in Philadelphia, and attended Manhattanville College for two years before transferring to and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960 with a B.A. in History. It was at the University of Pennsylvania that Mrs. Huntington met her devoted husband of fifty years, Robert H. Huntington, who she married in 1960. Mr. Huntington passed away in 2010 after a long illness. Shortly after marrying, they moved to Rye, New York, where she remained active in community and church affairs over the next forty years. Among other activities, she served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan Counseling Center (formerly Sound Shore Counseling Center), and was a founding member of the Rye Youth Council Outreach Program. She was the Treasurer and later three-term President of the 26th Twig, an organization devoted to raising funds for United Hospital in Port Chester. Mrs. Huntington later served on the Board of Directors for United Hospital. She was also an active member of the Rye Garden Club and its Conservation Committee. Mrs. Huntington was also an active member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, where she taught religious education for many years, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She later was instrumental in forming the Interfaith Church Group or "ICARE," an organization devoted to training individuals to assist parishioners in need. Mrs. Huntington was a longtime member of the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York, where she played competitive tennis and golf for many years, and later served as the Chairwoman of the Women's Golf Program. She is survived and will be missed by her three children: Robert H. Huntington III and his wife Katherine of New York City; Thomas Andrew Huntington and his wife Melissa of Oakland, California; and Betsy Gallagher and her husband Jim of Rye; along with five grandchildren, Amanda and John Huntington, Ben Huntington, and Emma and Georgia Gallagher. Ellie was loved and respected by her family and large circle of devoted friends. Her humor, great stories and competitive fire will be sorely missed. The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580 on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, August 31 at 11:00am at The Church of the Resurrection in Rye. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Open Door Family Medical Centers: (https://support.opendoor medical.org/sslpage.aspx.).

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 27, 2011
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