SHELBURNE, Vt. — Eleanor Barnum Gardner, 97, of Wake Robin, Shelburne, VT passed away peacefully January 8. She had earlier lost Frank, her greatly loved husband of 66 years, youngest son Thomas, and granddaughter Katie Bryan. She leaves sons Richard and his wife Nina of Sanbornton, NH; James and his wife Judith of West Brookfield, VT; David and his wife Miranda of Montreal, Canada; and daughter in law Eileen of Chelmsford, MA. She will be greatly missed by her eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren as well as her Coburn and Ramsaur nieces and nephews.
Eleanor was born in New York City, grew up in Istanbul, Turkey where her father taught at Robert College, and went on to graduate from Middlebury College. Just this past June she attended her 75th reunion and along with her good college friend was recognized as the oldest attendee. She taught reading both before and after her children grew up and earned an MA at Boston University. In retirement, she was for many years involved in volunteer services including Dartmouth Hitchcock Children's Treatment Center and making quilts for AIDS and premature children. She and Frank enjoyed travel and visited many countries around the world, including a trip back to the Turkey she loved to share with all of her sons and their families. For many years she designed and sewed beautiful, detailed quilts, and was very proud to have repaired some of the historic flags on the ship Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum. A deep faith and the Episcopal Church were very much the most important parts of Eleanor's life. The grace, the kindness, the joy we all experienced in and from her all flowed from that.
A funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, VT at 1 p.m. on February 1, 2014, followed by a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made in her memory to Planned Parenthood of Northern NE, the Food Shelf in Burlington, VT, the Heifer Project, or a charity of your choice.