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Eleanor Ann Gwinnup Fitzhugh

Seattle, WA

Eleanor Ann Gwinnup Fitzhugh died June 19, 2012, at her home in Seattle.

Eleanor was born in Fort Worth on March 27, 1928.

She attended The Hockaday School in Dallas before attending and graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in sociology. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After graduation she worked in the insurance business for Tommy Yates before becoming a stewardess for American Airlines.

In 1954, she and her husband, Ben Fitzhugh, settled in Jackson, Mississippi, where they raised a family and were members of St. Richard's Catholic Church. Eleanor and her friend Natalie Persons owned and operated The Carriage House, a women's apparel store, for 25 years. While in Jackson she was active in the Junior League and volunteered for the American Heart Association and the St. Dominic's Auxiliary. She was also a volunteer for the USA International Ballet Competition that took place in Jackson every four years, beginning in 1979.

Eleanor and Ben traveled widely throughout Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. She was preceded in death by Ben, who died in 1977. She moved to Seattle in 1992 and worked at Talbots until retiring in 2010.

She is survived by her five children and their families: her daughter Liz and her husband, Jim Feldman and their children, Rebecca and Ben, of Seattle; her son Mike and his wife Sally and their children Will and Nick, of Oakland, CA; her son Bill and his wife Kendall, of Los Angeles, CA; her daughter Ann and her husband Ray and their children Michael and Sarah, of Albuquerque, NM; and her son John and his wife Sharon and their children Rose, Shelby and Emily, of Biloxi, MS. She was very proud of her children and adored her in-laws and her grandchildren. She was active in the choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seattle.

She valued family and friends above all else. She could be counted on to be a strong companion whenever needed. She was a remarkable friend who was always accessible, devoted, and tireless. She instilled in her children a love of fine food, entertaining and the joy of travel.

In lieu of flowers, please send support to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave. East, Seattle, WA, 98112. A memorial Mass will be held at the church on Friday July 6 at 6 p.m.

Published in Clarion Ledger on July 1, 2012
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