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June 14, 2013

Eleanor H. Reynolds

The Daily Star

---- — Eleanor H. Reynolds

COOPERSTOWN — Eleanor H. Reynolds, 93, a lifelong resident of the Cooperstown area died Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Born Jan. 5, 1920, in Cooperstown, at the former Thanksgiving Hospital, Eleanor was the daughter of Jesse D. and Addie (Eaton) Hubbard. Eleanor was proud to note that she could trace her Eaton family line directly back to the Mayflower.

She graduated from Cooperstown High School in the class of 1937. Following high school Eleanor found work as a bookkeeper/accountant for a number of businesses, among them, Seward Sand and Gravel, Oneonta Block, DeSenna Motors, Reynolds and Gifford and finally for Lyle Reynolds and Sons.

She married Lyle U. Reynolds, the "love of her life" and also a native and lifelong resident of Cooperstown, in the Westville Baptist Church on May 3, 1946.

She was a longtime member of the Cooperstown Criterion Club, the United Methodist Women (UMW), the Native Daughters of Cooperstown and the Cooperstown United Methodist Church.

Eleanor was unaffected by possessions or things, the simplest things made her the happiest, whether a drawing from one of her grandchildren or a beautiful view of nature. She loved animals, crossword puzzles, mystery stories, picnics (especially those in the gazebo which her husband, Lyle, built), rides in the car and family trips to the Adirondacks.

She was frugal and rarely spent money on herself, preferring to spend it on her family. It goes without saying for those who knew her, however, that she was happiest and most proud when spending time with her family since her family was of utmost important to her and she took pride in her loved ones' accomplishments.

Eleanor is survived by her sons, Steven R. Reynolds and Edward L. Reynolds (Judy) of Cooperstown; her daughter, Nancy E. Peters (Bill) of Hartwick; and her grandchildren, Michael Reynolds and Brett Utter; and her great-grandson, Matthew Utter.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lyle, in May of 2005; and her only sibling, her brother, Robert Hubbard, who died in Europe during World War II.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and her feline companion, Dexter.

Visiting hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Private graveside services will be held in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who so desire make contributions in Eleanor's memory to the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.