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Eleanor Todd

1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Eleanor Todd Obituary
October 1929 - June 2017 Eleanor L. Todd, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away after a brief illness on June 16, 2017 in Newport Beach. She was born in Los Angeles to Frank and Hilda Simmons on October 8, 1929. Eleanor and her younger sister grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Alexander Hamilton High School. It was at Hamilton High that Eleanor met her future husband Robert "Bob" Todd, who became a distinguished jurist for the Orange County Superior Court. They married in 1948. Shortly thereafter Eleanor began work drafting technical drawings for Douglas Aircraft. In 1963, the family moved to Tustin and Eleanor volunteered for the John Tracy Clinic, a non-profit education center for infants and young children with hearing loss, where she organized the Clinic's annual fundraiser, the Peacock Hill National Horse Show. Inspired by her husband, in her mid-40s Eleanor earned her private pilot's license. Until her passing, Eleanor was an active member of the Orange County Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for female aviators. She served a term as a president of the Southwest chapter and in 1982 was awarded the prestigious Pilot of the Year award. For years she was a docent at John Wayne International Airport giving tours to schoolchildren, teaching them about the airport and careers in aviation. Since 2003 she had served as a member of the Newport Beach City Aviation Committee. Eleanor lived in Newport Beach since the early 1970s where she enjoyed sunsets over Catalina Island and walking the beach. She joins her beloved husband Bob who passed in 2007. She is survived by her sister Mary Karen, her sons Bruce, Neil and Ryan, her daughters-in-law Lisa, Winnie and Pati, and granddaughters Kelly and Sierra. She will be missed terribly by her family and friends who loved her dearly. A Celebration of Life is being planned for the fall. Donations in her honor can be made to the Aviation Scholarship Fund of the Orange County 99s.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 19 to July 23, 2017
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