Newburyport — Eleanor M. Pleshaw, a resident of Newburyport, formerly of Methuen, has died, following a long illness. She was 83 years old. She was born in 1929 in Baltimore, Md., to the late Douglas and Madeleine (Hartley) Allen. She moved as a child to Chelmsford, and was raised by her uncle and aunt, the late Leroy and Catherine (Hartley) Dutton.
She graduated from Chelmsford High School. She went on to graduate from Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. Later in life she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Lesley College (now Lesley University). She was also a certified EMT. She worked for 30 years at Lawrence General Hospital. She switched to occupational nursing, worked for Brockway-Smith Company and retired from Gillette Company in Andover.
She was widow of the late Glenn A. Pleshaw, and sister of the late Phyllis Allen of Baltimore Md.
She is survived by her son, Hartley A. Pleshaw of Townsend and her daughter, Millicent Vella of Salisbury. She also leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and James Stone, of West Virginia, and a nephew, Kurt A. Ruzicka, of Austin, Texas. She also leaves three grandcats, Tigger, Clancy and Mink.
ARRANGEMENTS: It being her wishes a private graveside service will take place at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm Street, Salsibury, MA 01952 would be appreciated. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Blake Funeral Home, Chelmsford. For online condolences, please visit www.blakefuneralhome.com