October 16, 1930 - May 1, 2022
Eleanor Marion Culkin, age 91, died peacefully May 1, 2022 at Abbotswood Vera Springs assisted living facility in Greensboro, NC. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Ellie was the only child of Charles E. and Isabelle H. (Fraser) Hanlon, a graduate of Central High School in Newark and the Barbizon School of Modeling in New York City. She was a popular model in the New Jersey and New York area. Ellie married the love of her life, Thomas J. Culkin, in Newark in 1951 and together they embarked on a wonderful life together until Tom’s passing in 2012. Between their marriage and his passing they crossed the country repeatedly, courtesy of Tom’s career in the United States Marine Corps. Many trips back and forth between Tom’s east and west coast assignments ensued. Ellie somehow survived the trips, each one seemingly including one more child than the previous. Considering this was before interstate highways, disposable diapers, premixed infant formula and seat belts were nowhere to be found, it is amazing she survived. Until all her children were in school Ellie was a stay at home mother but then proceeded to hold a variety of positions, usually for several years each until Tom was restationed. She worked for the Dept. of Defense in Hawaii, the VA in Pennsylvania, HUD in Greensboro, was a high school secretary in Guilford Co. and other jobs while still maintaining an immaculate house and raising semi-civilized children. She was a loving mother and grandmother at all times, a shining example of how one should lead her life. She was never heard to utter an unkind word to any individual and treated every single person she met with kindness, dignity, civility and respect. The world could use more Ellies. Upon Tom’s military retirement they moved to Greensboro, NC in 1979 and made it their home for the remainder of their lives. Ellie made many wonderful friends. Ellie was an unwavering and steadfast caregiver for Tom throughout the last years of his life. Until moving into the Abbotswood community she was a long time parishioner at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. She was a wonderful cook, an avid doll collector, a constant reader and at times was known to obedience train dogs, clog, quilt and a variety of other stitch work. She earned early sainthood by tolerating an over 60 year onslaught of bad puns from Tom, friends and family. Ellie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Thomas J. Culkin (Col., USMC Ret.), her son Kevin Patrick Culkin, grandson Stephen Joseph Culkin and granddaughter Kimberly Taylor Culkin. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Ann McCord of Exeter, NH, Daniel Joseph Culkin (Bonnie) of Roanoke, VA, Stephen Paul Culkin of Greensboro, NC and grandchildren Bradley Culkin, Christopher Culkin, Thomas Culkin, Margaret Culkin, Benjamin Culkin, Adam Culkin and Mary Culkin as well as several great-grandchildren. She was loved greatly by all and will surely be missed. Each is a better person for being embraced by her love. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the wonderful care provided by the staff of Abbotswood Vera Springs and AuthoraCare Hospice of Greensboro. Your dedication and caring were always evident, especially during the trying pandemic times. She will be interred at the Quantico (Va) National Cemetery next to her beloved husband. May their spirits and souls spend eternity together...it’s what each of them would desire more than anything. In lieu of flowers or any gifts to charity, Eleanor would’ve most appreciated the simple act of doing at least one kind gesture each day for someone. It will enhance each of your lives.
Eleanor Marion Culkin, age 91, died peacefully May 1, 2022 at Abbotswood Vera Springs assisted living facility in Greensboro, NC. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Ellie was the only child of Charles E. and Isabelle H. (Fraser) Hanlon, a graduate... View Obituary & Service Information
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