ELEANOR POOR DORSEY
1924 - 2021
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DORSEY, Eleanor Poor Of Beverly, MA, died of complications from Covid-19 on February 3, 2021, at the age of 96. She was born in Boston on May 5, 1924, to Philip Nelson Jones and Helen (LeBosquet) Jones and was raised in Swampscott and Boston. She graduated from North Shore Country Day School, the Winsor School in Boston, and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Eleanor met medical student William (Bill) Dorsey on ski trips with the Outing Club at McGill. They married in 1946 and had five children over the next ten years. As the family moved around the Boston area to Salem, then to Curtis Point, Beverly, and then to Wenham, Eleanor kept the house and gardens, raised the children (and two litters of puppies) while Bill pursued a pediatric practice at Beverly Hospital. They spent many weekends over the years in the wilds and off the grid in New Hampshire along the Blackwater River, teaching their children a love of unspoiled nature – which had originally brought them together in Montreal. Eleanor had a lifelong love of landscapes which resulted in two passions. First, she loved to plant gardens and trees at their homes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and at one point influenced the planting of trees at the Shore Country Day School while serving on the Board of Trustees. She was forever transplanting trees, ferns, and other greenery from one place to another. Second, she was a visual artist and her primary subject was landscapes. She studied at the Montserrat School of Art for many years and there she refined her painting technique. Some of her paintings were in the Art in the Barn show at the Essex County Greenbelt in Essex, MA. She was also a voracious reader, equestrian, canoeing and camping enthusiast, skier, amateur photographer, and carpenter. Eleanor continued reading, painting, gardening, hiking, and canoeing the blackwater River into her early 90s. She lived a long, rich and rewarding life and was deeply cherished by her extended family and friends. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Bill (Dr. William Dorsey) and their daughter Ellie (Eleanor Mayo Dorsey). She is survived by son Brad and his wife Carolyn Parrott of Hopkinton, NH; son Peter and his wife Susan of Beverly; daughter Sarah of Greensboro, NC; daughter Becky and her husband Charlie Ogle of Eugene, OR; Ellie's husband Bruce Stedman and his wife Castle O'Neill; grandchildren Connor and Nora Stedman and George and Eliza Dorsey; and stepgrandchildren Jessie Levine and Mayday Levine-Mata. A private family gathering is planned. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, BEVERLY. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com


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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 19 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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