Eleanor Erickson Dude, 92 passed away October 9, 2012 at Lenoir Woods Retirement Community in Columbia. She had celebrated her 92nd birthday the previous Friday.
Visitation will be Friday, October 12, 2012 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Lenoir Woods Retirement Center Community Center. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Columbia Cemetery.
Eleanor was born on October 5, 1920 in Kankakee, Illinois to Edna and Ernest Erickson. She graduated from Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University) with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1942. While in college, she was a member of the marching band, Science Club, Geography Club and Sigma Sigma Sigma. She married Clarence Jones of Oneida, Illinois in 1943, a pilot in the Army who died in a plane crash in Houdon, France, just after the end of World War II in 1945. They had a daughter, Eleanor Carol Jones.
Eleanor married Albert Carl Dude on March 6, 1948, and began a teaching career which spanned four decades. Her teaching career took her first to Decatur, Illinois, then Manteno, Illinois in 1956-57 where she taught for one year. She then taught 4th grade in Peotone, Illinois, also for one year before moving with her family to Columbia in 1958. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri in 1965, while caring for three children. She taught Reading at West Jr. High School in Columbia from 1963 until she retired in 1983. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the International Reading Association. As a teacher, she was a positive influence on countless young lives.
Eleanor and Carl moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1985, where they enjoyed 17 wonderful years living in Leisure World, a retirement community. They moved back to Columbia in 2002, and lived at the Lenoir Retirement Community at the time of her death.
Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always had a laugh and smile for everyone and she had many, many friends. She enjoyed playing bridge and many other card games along with get-togethers with her many retired teacher friends. She was a wealth of knowledge on numerous subjects because of her love of reading. She cherished most the times when family would visit.
Eleanor is survived by her husband Carl, 97, daughters Carol (Joseph) Stryhal of Dallas, Texas, Kim Dude-(Marc) Lammy of Columbia, Carla (Patrick) Jones of Hampton Cove, Alabama; son, Kelly (Cindy) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Grandsons, Charles Weyand of Reisterstown, Maryland, Drew Lammy of Columbus, Mississippi, Andrew and Eric Dude of Colorado Springs, and Justin Jones of Hampton Cove, Alabama; Granddaughters, Elizabeth Zachary (Story) of Plano, Texas, Nicole Jones of Hampton Cove, Alabama, Kelsey Lammy of Columbia; and five great-grandchildren, Elijah and Logan Story of Plano, Texas, Jones and Paxton Weyand of Reisterstown, Maryland and Caroline Lammy of Columbus, Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edna and Ernest Erickson, her brother, Ernest C. Erickson; her first husband, Clarence Jones, and great-grandson, Zachary Story.
Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association or MS Society, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a friend to all who were lucky enough to have crossed her path. She will be terribly missed and remembered with love and fondness by all who knew her.
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