Newburyport — Eleanor (Stevens) Coryell, 85, of Newburyport, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, August 14, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. Her family, who loved her so dearly, was by her side.
She was born in Worcester on June 30, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Harold S. and Gladys (Ferguson) Stevens, and sister of Harold Stevens Jr. She was a graduate of Holden High School, Class of 1946, and was Valedictorian of her class. She went on to receive her nursing degree from the Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse. Eleanor worked for more than 50 years in her profession. She was head nurse of the emergency room at the former Hale Hospital in Haverhill for several years. Additionally, she worked as head nurse for The Prudential Insurance Co. in Boston.
She was a member and docent of The Historical Society of Old Newbury, and a member of The Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport. She was a member of the Elizabeth H. Whittier Home, where she served as the corresponding secretary. Ellie spent many years volunteering in different capacities, including The Women’s Club and The Prayer Shawl Committee at Central Congregational Church, where she was a member for 45 years. She also served as a trustee and served on pastoral search committees. For many years, she volunteered at The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and The Fire House Center for the Arts. Additionally, Eleanor volunteered at numerous blood drives and worked the polls on election days. She volunteered not only in Massachusetts, but also in her and Fred’s beloved state of Maine, where they spent 35 summers. There she helped with various functions at the local church and also at the library in Washington, Maine. She and Fred were involved with The Puffin Project, restoring active colonies of puffins to Maine. Ellie loved all animals, especially cats and dogs. They were always a part of her family life.
Eleanor loved to travel, and she and Fred took several trips to western Europe and England. They attended many antique auctions with The Fire Mark Society while visiting many cities around the United States
In addition to her devoted husband of 62 years, Fred R. Coryell, Ellie is survived by her two sons, Bruce Coryell and wife, Susan, of Downingtown, Pa., and Steven Coryell and wife, Kathleen, of Newburyport; their four grandchildren, whom she adored, Fergus, Georgie, Sarah, and Joseph; two great-grandchildren, Shenaugh and Joseph Jr.; and her beloved cat, “Rusty.” She will be truly missed by all of them.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m., at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport. By request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or to Central Congregational Church, P.O. Box 372, Newburyport, MA 01950. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.