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SCHENEVUS - Eleanor (Powell) Raymond, 75, of Schenevus, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family, on Jan. 24, 2018, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She died of a broken heart caused by the unexpected passing of her son, David W. Ballard on Jan. 19, 2018.
Eleanor was born Feb. 28, 1942, in Huntington, Long Island, to William and Lorraine Powell. She and her family moved to their farm in Grand Gorge, when she was five years old.
Eleanor loved to sing, play pinochle and bridge. She was an active member of St. Joseph's Church in Worcester, the Breakfast Club in Oneonta, and Susquehanna Seniors in Schenevus.
Eleanor attended college at SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Oneonta, graduating with her teaching certification.
Eleanor touched countless children's lives throughout her long career as an educator. For many years she taught remedial math, first at the school in Grand Gorge, and then Windham Central School, retiring in 2002. She then turned her focus to her loving husband, Willy; her two sons, David and Tom; and her many grandchildren.
Eleanor's home was a welcoming haven, especially during the holidays when she loved to entertain her family. It was a home full of love, joy, song and laughter. If you were invited to Eleanor's home you became a part of her family.
Her husband Bill was the true love of her life and no greater romance has ever been witnessed than their union. They were married on Aug. 15, 1987, and they were each other's best friend, partners in life and love. Their 30 years of marriage was built on their absolute devotion and admiration for one another. A love to behold, Eleanor and Bill shared a love so infinite and tender that not even death can separate them. They were two peas in a pod and it was a privilege to be able to witness their undying love. She and her husband Bill loved to travel and explore new places.
Eleanor also loved her family tremendously and they brought her joy throughout her life. Eleanor's heart may have been weak, but it was strong in its love for her family and friends. Eleanor was devoted to her two sons, David and Tom, and was always a part of their lives, providing love, support and guidance. She also loved her grandchildren greatly, and always attended their school events and supported them in their endeavors.
Eleanor was predeceased by her grandparents, William and Lena "Granny" Powell; grandparents, Charles "Pop Pop" and Agnes "Nana" Henneborn; parents, William G. and Lorraine Powell; sister, Darlene Pickett; and her cherished son, David W. Ballard.
She is survived by her loving husband, William A. Raymond Sr.; stepmother, Margaret Powell; her dear son, Thomas G. Ballard Jr. and wife, Genevieve and their children, Marshall Duplacy, Samantha Duplacy, Cassandra Gardner, Nicole Duplacy, Kayla Ballard, Taylor Ballard and Tommy Ballard; stepson, William A. Raymond Jr. and wife, Louise and their son, William; stepdaughter, Penny Millan and husband, James and their sons, James, Luigi, Mateo, Angelo and their daughter, Sophia; sister, Joyce Powell and her children, Michael Newcomb and Diane (Bill) Glennon and children; sister, Patricia (John) Becker and their sons, Nathan and Christopher; and nephew, Dwayne Pickett and his family.
The depths of sorrow we cannot tell of the loss of one we loved so well. And while she sleeps a peaceful sleep, her memory we shall always keep.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, at the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 201 Main St., Worcester.
Interment, with her son, David William Ballard, will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Worcester, at a later date.
For online guestbook visit www.hellerskinnerfh.com.
Published on January 26, 2018
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