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  • Eleanor G. (Elly) Shepardson

  • Eleanor G. (Elly) Shepardson, age 79, a lifelong Little Falls resident, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, after months of declining health.

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  • Eleanor G. (Elly) Shepardson, age 79, a lifelong Little Falls resident, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, after months of declining health.
    Eleanor was born on Oct. 18, 1932, and was raised lovingly by Tracy and Minnie Davis. A 1951 graduate of Little Falls High School, she then went on to further her education, attending and graduating from Becker Junior College in 1954 with a degree in business. She was united in marriage to Donald F. Shepardson on July 16, 1955. He passed away on Feb. 2, 1993. Eleanor worked at Salada Tea and later OTB in Little Falls. She became the manager at the OTB in Herkimer before retiring in the 1990s.
    Independent and creative, Eleanor was a talented artist and crafts person. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter, Leigh, her favorite destinations being Aruba, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. Eleanor loved her family, her friends, her cat and Syracuse basketball.
    Survivors include her son, Donald K. Shepardson and companion, Deborah Henderson, of Utica; her daughter, Leigh Pell and husband,Thomas, of Stow, Mass.; her beloved grandchildren, Donald James Shepardson and wife, Gina, Bryan Shepardson and wife, Sarah, and Stephen and Andrew Pell; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Nolan, John, Bailey and Brynn Shepardson; her sisters-in-law, Pat Shepardson, Lucille Shepardson and Fran Shepardson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    In lieu of floral arrangements, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society or a charity of one’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    Visitation will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, NY (823-2424). Friends and relatives are respectively invited to attend Eleanor’s funeral service on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel of the funeral home, where her funeral service will be conducted by the Reverend Thomas Lawless. Procession will then follow to St. Mary’s Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Donald.
    The family is being comforted and cared for by Harry J. Enea, funeral director.
    To add to Eleanor’s online memorials, please visit www.eneafamily.com.

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