DeLancey resident Eleanor Drew passed away peacefully from heart failure on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Eleanor, 95, was born in New York City and lived there until moving to Andes in 1969.
She raised four children and a host of others who called her “Mom.” Among her many achievements were supporting the war effort for Sperry-Rand, serving in the first group of school crossing guards in New York City, completing LPN training at Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing at age 55, and leading Girl Scout troops for more than 40 years, including directing Camp Amahami in Sanford for two summers.
Eleanor was professed into the Third Order of St. Francis in 1964.
She loved traveling, sewing, crocheting, craft projects, and taking care of others.
Eleanor worked as an LPN at O’Connor and Margaretville hospitals before doing private duty nursing until age 70.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard “Bud” Drew (New York City and Andes) in 1981.
She leaves her four children, Richard (Vicki) Drew of Glenwood Springs, CO, Susan Drew (Lorenzo) Thomas of Washington, DC, Michael (Kathy) Drew of DeLancey, and Bill (Mary) Drew of Andes. She also leaves loving nieces and nephews, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass was celebrated at St. Anne Roman Catholic Church, Andes, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Rev. Edward Golding officiated. There were no calling hours.
Memorial donations in her name can be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Church or the Andes Library.
Burial will take place in Andes Cemetery in the spring.
Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at www.macarthurfh.com.