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Eleanor Wright Lehfeldt died September 9, 2009 at her home in Princeton, CA at the age of 95. Her husband Eldor preceded her in death after 70 years of marriage in 2007. At her request no services will be held. The family will have a remembrance display and celebration of her life at their annual Thanksgiving reunion in Princeton.

Eleanor was born Dec. 23, 1913 in Red Bluff, CA moving to Alameda, CA as a child. Her parents were Herbert H. Wright and Ada Ferne South. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley. She was a teacher and librarian, starting her career in Miranda, CA. She also taught in Covelo, Upper Lake, Leggett, and Princeton, CA. Through the years she also taught ceramics and jewelry making for adults in various communities in which she and her family lived.

Eleanor held memberships in the Presbyterian Church in Leggett, CA and the Methodist Church in Princeton. She was a life member of Eastern Star. She served as church organist in Leggett and Princeton for many years and taught many future musicians how to play the piano. She was an avid reader, an artist, a quilt maker, a passionate bridge player and always involved in her communities. She was a member of Friends of Colusa County Library, the Colusi County Historical Society and many other organizations.

After retirement, Eleanor and Eldor spent time traveling in many countries and the United States. They enjoyed spending time at their house at Irish Beach near Elk which they built in 1970. This property will be enjoyed for years to come by all of their family.

Eleanor is survived by three children and their spouses: Peggy and Larry Shellnut of Oak View, CA, Mary Beth and Manuel Massa of Princeton, CA, Carl and Lue Lehfeldt of Morgan Hill, CA; eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren and her caregiver, Brenda Jaconetti.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or the Princeton Library (P.O. Box 97, Princeton, CA 95970).

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 11, 2009
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