Eleanor L. Waldron


Eleanor L. Waldron died at her West Tisbury home on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. She was 95.

Eleanor was a lifetime Islander and attended the West Tisbury and Tisbury schools. She loved and lived in West Tisbury her entire life.

On Dec. 2, 1939, she married Tom Waldron, her husband of 61 years. In their younger years they built a camp at Deep Bottom, where they stayed in the summers. They raised their three children, Dickie, Joannie, and Angie, and had a small farm in both West Tisbury and Deep Bottom. These were good old days for Eleanor and Tom.

During their 70s, Eleanor and Tom built a summer camp in Nova Scotia. While there, they met Merrill and Minerva MacInniss, and became lifelong friends.

Eleanor always had a love for animals, both big and small. She loved to care for and ride horses especially. As time went on, she became an avid birdwatcher and often went out with her group, which included Flip Harrington, Soo Whiting, Andrea Hartman, Barbara Pesch, and Dolly Minis. She would answer questions about birds from friends and family as well.

Eleanor was also an avid reader. Sometimes she read as many as eight books a week. She read nonfiction and classics, and especially loved mysteries; she probably read almost every mystery book on the Island. As she got older, her friend Ginny Jones frequently mailed or brought her books to read.

Eleanor was loved by all who knew her.

She leaves her family, who loved her dearly: Daughter Joan and son-in-law Pat Jenkinson, daughter Angie Waldron; her grandchildren, Holly Bario, Patrick Jenkinson, and Wenonah Madison; and her great-grandchildren, Wyatt Jenkinson, Emma and Peter Bario, and Waylon and Amos Sauer. She also leaves her caregiver, Margaret Singh, who gave her the best care in the world, and her close companion Mr. Fluff, her cat. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Tom in 2000, by her son Dickie in 1959, and by her brothers Bob and Frank Schultz.

We all have great memories of living near Grammy El, and sharing many holidays and birthdays and cookouts. We will all miss her so much.

There will be a graveside service on March 14th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, or the library of one’s choice.