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Elinor Benson Murray

January 6, 1928 - February 26, 2017

Elinor Benson Murray died peacefully on February 26, 2017 at the Life Care Center of Evergreen Colorado. She was 89. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harry, daughter & son-in-law elinor 001Ellen & Joe Howe, grandchildren Connor & Kate Howe, Brandon Williams and Matthew Murray, stepson Tim & Joy Murray, niece Pam Benson, nephew Warren Benson and first cousins Barbara and Paul Hardy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Alton Benson, brother, Warren Benson & beloved aunt, Abbie Helstrom.

Elinor was born in Saugus, Mass. and attended Saugus High School. During her 20s, Elinor worked at General Electric in Lynn and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she taught Sunday school. Elinor always loved New England and the ocean.

In 1958 she married Harry and moved to Akron, Ohio. In 1973 they moved to Lebanon, Ohio, where they lived for 43 years. She spent many years painting and antiquing. She enjoyed working in craft and antique co-ops. She was an avid member of the Episcopal Church, attending St. Patrick’s in Lebanon and St. George’s in Dayton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Mount Evans Home Care & Hospice, Evergreen.


19 Responses

  1. Paul and Barbara Hardy says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ,Eleanor will be missed and warmly remembered for the many wonderful years we all had together.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Dear Ellen,

    I am sorry this has happened to you. I am praying for God’s grace and peace and the love of friends and family to comfort your family and carry you through this time,


  3. Warren Benson says:

    Time passes and so do we and once again we are reminded of how precious our lives are. Strength for me is in the knowing that someday we will all be together again. Sending much love to you Uncle Harry and Cousins Ellen and Joe, Connor and Kate.

  4. Pam Benson says:

    Uncle Harry, Ellen, Joe, Connor and Kate, Thinking of you all with love and prayers.

  5. Roberto & Sandy says:


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Elinor was such a sweet person. You and Elinor were very special, kind and thoughtful neighbors.

    May God’s grace and peace surround you all,

    Roberto and Sandy

  6. Mary Jo, Jeff & Katie Stasell says:

    Harry, Ellen & Family,
    Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother; with whom we shared so many happy memories and joyous moments together. Elinor (AKA Bunny) was so kind, and Harry & Elinor were like another set of parents for Jeff in Akron.
    She will be missed!
    Mary Jo, Jeff & Katie Stasell

  7. Bobbie Howe and family says:

    Dear Harry, Ellen, Joe ,Connor and Kate
    Our deep felt sympathy for your loss. Elinor was so loved by you all. May she Rest In Peace and may you all remember her well. Love Bobbie Alex and Morgan 😘❤🙏🏻

  8. Jennie Reiser Scoby says:


    I am thinking of you, my sister, and sending my love to you and yours. Hope to get to see you soon….just never know when we will be in the same territory. 😀

  9. Roger and Marcella says:

    We send our love, thoughts and prayers to your entire family. We enjoyed so much the many conversations we had with your mother on our front porch. Having a love for art, she would always point out the beauty she observed in nature. So thankful your dad gave us her unused art supplies. Her legacy is living on in that Roger is using her paints to produce many beautiful pictures. No one could ask for better neighbors. So caring, thoughtful, and considerate and missed greatly. God bless you and yours.

    Love and God bless,
    Roger and Marcella

  10. Kaye and Bob Stealey says:

    Harry and family,
    We have fond memories of Elinor and our Saturday night after
    church dinners. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and
    your family during these most difficult times.
    Bob and Kaye Stealey

  11. Henry Zaborniak says:

    Kim and I wish you our sincerest condolences. You are a great friend, a wonderful person and we know Elinor was too.

  12. Henry Zaborniak says:

    Tim and family. I m so sorry for your loss. Tim and Elinor was a couple who could do anything. I’ve always adored you both.

  13. Pamela Kirby says:

    Dear Harry Ellen and Family,

    It was my pleasure to be of assistance to Elinor during her last months.
    Seeing the love and devotion her family held for her was amazing, and nourished her Spirit . Know she is well now in her new place of peace and rest.

    Love and Prayers,


  14. The Jordan Family says:

    To the Murray clan our hearts hurt for you as you navigate the loss of Elinor. We believe that she is finally back to the person she once was free from pain and limitations. over time, I am certain that she will make
    Her presence felt as you encounter her passions through the course of living. Antiques and crafts will warm your heart and make you smile. She will never be too far away from you — you just have to find her in less obvious places. A gentle wind, a sunny day or a small victory … your feel her with you!

  15. Larry & Jean Benning says:

    Harry, Ellen, and family,

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We so enjoyed our association with Eleanor and Harry at St. Patrick’s and our visit with Ellen and Joe in Alaska.

    Love from,
    Jean and Larry

  16. Carol hawke says:

    My heart is heavy for your loss. You were wonderful neighbors! We all had so much fun! Your mom was a dear friend. So glad they moved to be near you. God bless you all!

  17. Derry Greene says:

    Ellen and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. No words of comfort can ever make up for what God has chosen for your loved one. But be assured He makes no mistakes. All the best for you and family.

  18. Joanne and Damon Pratt says:

    Ellen , Harry and family

    So sorry for your loss our deepest sympathy-and knowing
    She is in a better place and at peace 🙏🏻

    Joanne and Damon

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