Eleanor L. Williamson, age 95, of Lake Worth, FLA, passed away suddenly on August 20, 2022. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 17, 1927, she was a December graduate of South Hills High School and was employed by Union Trust and then the City of Pittsburgh’s Traffic Department before marrying Harry R. Williamson in December of 1953. (A cousin asked her, as Ellie was 26 at the time, if Ellie didn’t think she were a little old to be getting married.) Eleanor and Harry bought a home in Carrick and raised two daughters — Karen Williamson Weber (Jeff) and Janice Lee Mackowiak (David) there. Ellie was a member of Concord Presbyterian Church during those years and for many years thereafter — over 50 in total — playing piano and organ, providing a rich alto voice in the choir, and volunteering her services in numerous capacities during her time as a member, hornswaggling Harry into printing the church bulletin while she counted the money from the weekly offerings. After her husband’s passing in 2002, she lived independently and expanded her volunteerism beyond the church and to the community at large. She became a devoted cook and deliverer of Meals on Wheels and aided elder members of the neighborhood with errands and laundry. In 2009, she moved to Cecil, PA, sharing a home with Jan and Dave, becoming a vital member of Gladden Presbyterian Church, forging lasting friendships with the Silver Sneakers gang at the Generations Senior Center in Cecil Township, and driving herself to exercise classes and the nearby Dollar General three times each week. While living in Cecil, she became a devotee of Jeopardy and continued her long time support for Steelers football, complaining vociferously when the same contestant won too many rounds with Alex Trebek and ranting raucously for her beloved Black and Gold. Ellie accompanied Jan and Dave when they got the opportunity to live out their dream of moving to FLA and, at age 93, developed a new cadre of companions, the lovely women of Covered Bridge’s water aerobics club and her dear friends from the Friday night dinner gang. Here’s hoping that, in Eleanor’s honor, everyone’s toes will be raised high above the water of the pool and that a few Jack and Cokes will be raised at the restaurant this Friday. Despite her absence from our lives, we will swear that we hear Ellie cry, “WHEE!” when a car one of us drives heads around a bend, and we will forever hear her cheering herself on with a whispered, “Okay!”
In addition to being survived by Karen and Jeff Weber and Jan and Dave Mackowiak, Eleanor is survived by grandchildren Sarah and Nick Nickells, Joshua and Kim Weber, David John and Jaymmie Mackowiak, Justin Mackowiak and nine great grandchildren.
Anyone who wishes to do so may make a donation in Eleanor’s honor to the charity of his or her choice.
Private cremation services are under the care of Tillman Funeral Home & Crematory, West Palm Beach Florida.