11.30.1931 – 4.17.2020
Eleanor Hall Smith Jones, 88, went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 17. Most recently Eleanor was living in The Carillon at Belleview Station, Denver, with her husband Wade.
Eleanor was born November 30, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA to George Francis Smith and Virginia Todd Smith who preceded her in death. Eleanor is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wade Calvin Jones; two sons, Neil Jones (Denise), and Donald Jones; and four grandchildren; Shauna (Blain), Kevin, Bradley and Allison. She is also survived by her younger sister Virginia Smith Dawson, Savannah, GA, and two younger brothers Robert George Smith, Anaheim, CA, and William Kerslake Smith, Mars, PA.
Eleanor spent her youth and early adulthood in Pittsburgh. She loved the piano and took piano lessons from elementary through high school. During middle school her piano teacher taught her to play the organ. When she was 13 years old, the organist at her Baptist church was drafted to serve in World War II. Eleanor remained their organist for several years and filling in when she could at various churches in the Pittsburgh area. She also continued to play the piano where she accompanied various soloists. She was the accompanist for her high school orchestra and was also chosen to play for the All City Orchestra in Pittsburgh.
After completing high school in 1949, Eleanor went to Grove City College for a year and then onto Robert Morris Business School in Pittsburgh where she graduated with honors. She worked for U.S. Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh, and also for the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, VA, where she lived for a year.
During the summer of 1950, while at a local carnival, Eleanor caught the eagle eye of Wade. For Wade, it was love at first sight. Problem was he didn’t know who this girl was and had no time to find out as he was leaving. Then, as fate would have it, lightening struck a second time when he saw her again, two years later at an amusement park in 1952. Wade was smitten. Eleanor, however, needed a bit more time and persuasion. They finally tied the knot in Pittsburgh on April 20, 1957.
Wade worked in Pittsburgh in his father’s rental store until he moved the family for a new job in Chagrin Falls, OH in 1967. Eleanor started her journey of involvement with their United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls. She was President of their UMW group. She was also Chairperson of the Council of Ministries. She was also a member of their church bell ringing group that were asked to give programs for various men and women’s groups in the Cleveland, OH, area.
In 1978, Wade’s job had him transferred back to Pittsburgh. There, Eleanor became active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Allison Park. PA. She was asked by the pastoral staff to be their administrative assistant. She stayed in this volunteer position for 13 years during which on her last year she became caretaker of her mother who was dying of cancer.
After the passing of her mother Eleanor announced to Wade her strong desire of moving to Colorado to be near her children and to help care for her grandchildren. They laid roots in Littleton (now Centennial), CO in 1996, and started attending St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Eleanor loved the 15 years of caregiving for her four grandchildren. She was a natural at caregiving. She just loved helping others whatever the need may have been.
Eleanor was very active here at St. Andrew’s with Kinship, choir and volunteering for several outreach positions. She loved St. Andrew and all the friends she made here.
Messages of love and comfort can be sent to
Eleanor’s husband Wade
4855 S. Niagara St Apt 515
Denver, CO 80237
and Eleanor’s son Neil
7461 S Fillmore Circle
Centennial, CO 80122
Memorial funds will go to reducing the St. Andrew UMC Building Mortgage Fund or to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Fund.