Born on Feb. 5, 1916, in Rummerfield, she was a daughter of the late John K. and Alphia Wells McPherson. She graduated from the Camptown High School in the Class of 1931. After graduation she worked locally and then met and married Leland Thompson on March 1, 1936. He predeceased her on Jan. 3, 1966. She helped tend to the farm and later went to work for the Wyalusing School District and then American Meter Co., until its closing, and then Taylor McCarty and Sons, until retiring in 1981.
In retirement, she stayed very active. She volunteered for the Area Agency on Aging, serving on their advisory board. She was a member of the Camptown United Methodist Church, the Camptown United Methodist Women, the Camptown Civic Club and the Wyalusing Senior Citizens group. She served as a member on the Election Board for Wyalusing Township and was very proud of her 71 year voting record for Bradford County. Eleanor was a past Worthy Matron and Secretary for the Order of Eastern Star Wyalusing Valley Chapter #523 and Meshoppen Chapter #70, as well as a past District Deputy. Eleanor was the first curator of the Wyalusing Valley Museum. She authored numerous articles for the Towanda Daily Review and Slice of Life, as well as local news items for the Rocket-Courier. She thoroughly enjoyed doing crafts; she especially enjoyed Halloween and making Halloween costumes. Eleanor loved cooking for her family and friends.
Surviving are daughters, Kathryn E. (Donald) Benjamin of Catasauqua, PA and Jody (Mern) Stroud of Wysox; grandchildren, Donald E. (Chyrl) Benjamin, Jr. of Charleston, SC, Alan D. (Ann Marie) Benjamin of Bordentown, NJ, Elizabeth (Daniel) Forman of Sinking Spring, PA, Scott C. (Nikki) Benjamin of McDonald, Frank L. (Stacey) Thompson of Wyalusing, Aline (Jason) Petlock of Waverly, NY, Jeffery L. Williams of Des Moines, IA, Abigail J. Robinson of Endicott, NY, Eric W. Thompson of Los Angeles, CA, Erin (Jon) Smith of Atlanta, GA; also 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sons, John F. Thompson in 1987 and Charles Edward Thompson in 2006; great-grandson, Emery Joseph Robinson in 2012; brother, John McPherson and sister, Alice Snyder.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Camptown United Methodist Church, Camptown, with Rev. William Westbrook officiating.
Friends and family may call at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The Order of the Eastern Star will have a ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Camptown United Methodist Church, PO Box 163, Camptown, PA 18815, or the John F. Thompson Scholarship Fund, c/o Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1 College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.