Eleanor L. Williams
Eleanor L. "Ellie" Williams, 91, of Lewisburg, died peacefully on Dec. 9, 2019 at Evangelical Community Hospital.

She was surrounded by her family, the most important people in her life. Always compassionate and gracious toward others, Ellie loved many things, including family, food, gardening, and anything beautiful.

She was born June 13, 1928, in Blauvelt, N.Y. to McCarrell and Christine Leiper.

A graduate of Nyack High Shool, near Blauvelt, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Bucknell University. At Bucknell, she met Irving Williams III. Ellie and Irv were married on June 24, 1950.

She spent her early career as a schoolteacher, working with young children while her husband attended medical school. Dr. Williams says, "marrying Ellie was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Ellie had many interests, and often said, "I am never bored." She was an accomplished piano player, frequently entertaining guests at house parties. She loved to cook - a talent she passed on to many of her family members. People who stopped by her home would often smell bread, sticky buns or blueberry pie baking in one of her busy ovens.

She spent many hours in her beautiful garden. You could usually find Ellie - and her Golden Retrievers--amid the gentle baby's breath, prickly roses and hardy phlox that she nurtured constantly. Some of those flowers were ones she brought to Lewisburg from her childhood home.

Her local civic engagement included helping establish the Packwood House Museum in downtown Lewisburg, where she served on the board of directors and spent many hours making sure everything was "just right." She created outstanding exhibits on early Pennsylvania quilts and coverlets, silver, and 19th Century floral watercolors. Her involvement at Packwood House sprung from her lifelong interest in early American culture and antiques. She and her husband built and lived for 50 years in an exact replica of a historic Pennsylvania farmhouse, which they filled with beautiful art and antique furniture.

She is survived by sister Kathleen; her husband of 69 years Dr. Irving Williams; her three children, Scott, Christine and Jennifer; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be sent to Evangelical Community Hospital or Packwood House Museum.

Arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Published on December 12, 2019


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Lindsey Boyer
Dec 16, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. My mom (Nancy Fallon) loved Ellie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.