... Stringers lose Philadelphia connection
The Melrose SilverStringers lost one of its key members recently with the passing of Eleanor Jenkins, who has been supplying the group with slice-of-life, light philosophical pieces since 2005. She died at her home in Havertown, PA, peacefully, two weeks ago at age 81.
Eleanor joined the SilverStringers as one of our "foreign correspondents" - since her home and profession as a nursing teacher centered on Philadelphia. Her connection to Melrose was through her daughter, Karen Hall of Tremont Street, also of Havertown but a graduate of Boston University; in fact, Karen met her husband Steve as freshman at BU, and the couple settled in Melrose, which provided Eleanor with a connection to our electronic community rag called the Melrose Mirror.
Eleanor and grandbaby
"She always wanted to write," Karen said in a telephone conversation this past week, "and found a nice outlet by writng for The Mirror." In the past six years she has supplied the Mirror with some twenty pieces dealing with the ironies of life -- but always tieing her story-line somehow to Melrose. Besides Karen, Eleanor was the mother of Elaine Jenkins Wacey of Berwyns, PA, and had been married to Albert Jenkins of Philladelphia. Mr. Jenkins passed away in 1985.
A native of New Jersey, she had attended the University of Philadelphia School of Nursing to earn a bachelor's degree, then taught nursing at the Hospital of the university for 25 years. She followed that career by teaching travel medicine for several years. Always a teacher and always in nursing, she was also very active in Girl Scouting, and was doing research on that organization at the time of her passing.
Mrs. Jenkins bolstered her connection with the SilverStringers by attending several of the Wednesday afternoon meetings at the Milano Center-- during one of her visits with daughter Karen and son-in-law Steve, in Melrose. She told the group how she enjoyed writing for the Stringers, and pointed out that "most of the folks in Havertown are now avid followers of The Melrose Mirror."
She had a good sense of humor, and was a good and dependable writer. We shall
June 3, 2011