Tuesday:) Tribute To Miss Eleanor

15 Nov

“The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”

Fred Rogers

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This afternoon, friends gathered at Towne Creek Apartments in McKinney, to pay tribute to Miss Eleanor Correnty. A celebration of life, for a charming talented woman who graced the world with her presence and her talent.

Miss Eleanor was born in Connecticut on December 16, 1925. Her friends here at Towne Creek Senior Apartments got to hear many, many of her stories because Miss Eleanor was a flamboyant story teller and quite the actress. Literally. She was an actress in many plays in New York and her home town. Oh, and she played the piano like an angel. Very talented.

Her hilarious dry humor, quick wit, and amazing talent for detail kept everyone entertained and in stitches with laughter. I could go on and tell a million stories of my own, but I would pale in aptitude. But, I’d like to say that when I met Miss Eleanor, shortly after she moved to McKinney from Connecticut, we became very good friends. I was volunteering, teaching art, and convinced her to join our group every Friday. She would tell me how much she hated Texas and I would tell her how much I loved McKinney. Over the years, she grew to love it too.

Our mutual friend, Karen, would take her out to lunch every Tuesday at 2pm. So, it was fitting that today, Karen arranged a celebration lunch for Miss Eleanor promptly at 2 pm. We had pizza, and desserts, and drinks, and stories to share.

Now, here’s the funny part, this is where Miss Eleanor gets the last laugh in on her friends. Miss Nelma stood up to share a funny story about her friend Eleanor. She went into detail about a beautiful drawing that she received from Eleanor and how she cherished it. Nelma went on to say how much we will all miss her. And, the very second she finished saying, “Well, that’s my story. We’ll miss you Eleanor,” the fire alarm went off and the siren blared in our ears. We had to evacuate the building. I looked up to the heavens and said, “Very funny, Miss Eleanor!”

Seriously, we grabbed our plates of food and a couple of chairs and went outside and continued our party.

I knew it was her getting her last laugh in. Plus, she knew how I always joked about having the hunky firemen come to Towne Creek and rescue us. It also saved me a trip, because I had a batch of brownies that I was going to drop off at Station 1 after our celebration. So, I took one of her handmade cards that Karen brought to share with the residents, and signed it, thanking them for all they do. They took the container of brownies and card on their way out. Oh yes, it was a false alarm. Ha! Heaven sent.

We will miss you Miss Eleanor.

2 Responses to “Tuesday:) Tribute To Miss Eleanor”

  1. Della Mark January 6, 2018 at 4:40 am #

    I spent a little while on FB tonight. God bless you, Karen, Miss Eleanor & Towne Creek Seniors

    • toniandrukaitis January 6, 2018 at 6:00 am #

      She will be missed. Hope you are doing well. Miss you!

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