Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Marshall Beal | News, Sports, Jobs
Eleanor “Elijah” Longtime Nashua resident Marshall Beals, 90, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, June 17, 2022.
She was born September 25, 1931 in Nashua, daughter of the late Roy F. and Kittie (Grover) Marshall; six brothers, Lewis, Theodore, William, John, James and George; and a sister Gladys Marshall. The last surviving sister is Carol P. Marshall.
Eleanor graduated from Nashua High School in 1949. In high school, she worked at Brockelmans. One rainy day while donuts were being made, someone knocked on the window and Al Rock asked her to come out and talk on the radio, and she was thrilled to do so. After high school, she worked at the New England Telephone Company as an operator from 1950 to 1955, until they switched to dialing, and had lasting friendships with Rachel Hill, Lucille Champagne and Betty Herrick , telephone operators who worked alongside him.
She married her high school sweetheart, Alpheus Beals Jr., in 1953. They had five children together and were married for 58 years until his death on October 29, 2011. Family meant everything to her and she became assured that we grow. always feel loved.
When Eleanor’s youngest child, Cindy, entered college, she decided to return to work at Rivier College in housekeeping, retiring 17 years later, forming lasting friendships with Claudette Tellier, the sisters and many colleagues. .
She loved her home and enjoyed working in the garden, planting flowers and enjoying the yard. She also enjoyed knitting, especially hats and blankets for those in need. During the colder months, when all the gardening was done, Eleanor made puzzles, which brought her great joy. Baking cookies, cakes and bread was another fun hobby for her and sharing them with her family and friends.
Many summer trips have been spent at Lake Sebago with his close friends, “The Ladies of the Lake”, Rowena, Eva, Carol, Pat and Betty.
The Pilgrim Congregational Church was very important to her. Eleanor was an active caregiver to the sick and confined. She had been a member of the church choir since her teenage years. She was also the President of the Flowers and a member of the Pilgrim Ladies. She loved her church.
She is survived by her children, Douglas Beals and his wife, Susan, of Nashua; Debra Dooley and her husband, James, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wayne Beals and his wife, Julie, of Warner, New Hampshire; Cynthia Morelli and her husband, Trey, of Keene, New Hampshire; Mark Hanscom and his partner, Laura Gill, of Bedford, New Hampshire; and predeceased by her daughter, Cheryl Dugas, of Nashua.
A beloved Nana to her 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Beals and his wife, Brittany; Evan Beals; Scott Leggett; Samuel Leggett; Kathleen Ryan; Sean Ryan; Angela Vroom Givant and her husband, Paul; Adam Dugas; Abby Rae Burke and her husband, Chris; Alex Dugas and his wife, Kate; Jordan Merring and her husband, Bradley; and Nick Marcellino Jr. She also enjoyed her five great-grandchildren, Maverick, Levi, Saskia, Cole and Devin.
SERVICES: A celebration of life will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 4 Watson St., Nashua on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua is helping the family make arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com, 603-883-3401, “ONE MEMORY IGNITES ANOTHER.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pilgrim Congregational Church.
Mom was a friend to many and always ready to share a hug and a smile. She was there “Light of Life”. The family asks that you wear a “a hint of pink” in any form or fashion in remembrance of her favorite color.