Eleanor Adele Waring, a week into her 90th year, was reunited with her mother on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019 as she joined her Savior.
Eleanor was born in New London, CT in April 1929 to a Danish immigrant father, Charles Christensen and Edna Adele Green Christensen, a registered member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Eleanor graduated with a degree in education from Willimantic State Teachers College, CT in 1950 and married her high school beau, Sgt Arnold Forrest Waring Jr. on December 29, 1951. She taught briefly in CT, TX, and MO before moving to Grand Detour, IL in 1962 with her husband and eldest daughter. Eleanor continued to teach until her retirement in 1989. She taught preschool at Grace Methodist Church, helped design and equip the preschool rooms at the Dixon Y and later taught kindergarten,1st and 3rd grades for Dixon Public Schools. After more than 40 years in Grand Detour, Eleanor and Arnold moved to Washington, IA to be an everyday presence in the lives of three of their grandsons for 14 years before returning to Dixon in 2017. Eleanor was an active member of the AC chapter of PEO. She was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church, both in Dixon and Washington, IA, serving as elder and with many outreach programs. She was proud of her work with CASA, as a child advocate and continued to be involved in volunteer teaching and mentoring well into her 80’s. She had a servant’s heart and volunteered her time to many widowed and elderly people. Her greatest gift was the time and money she set aside for the musical training of her two daughters and providing for their higher education. They are both eternally grateful for this blessing.
Eleanor is survived by her husband Arnold, of 67 years, her eldest daughter Arnel Elizabeth Baughman of Washington IA and daughter Amy Beth Badger (David) of Dixon. Amy affectionately called her mother “Poopsie “. Also surviving her are four grandsons who coined her “Gee”- Zach (Courtney) Baughman of Keota IA, Colton Frase of Temple TX, Cpl Jacob Baughman of the United States Marines of Maysville NC, and Ben Baughman. Three great grandchildren, Peyton and Jason James (JJ) Baughman and Adeline Frase-Davis will continue her legacy. Her sister- in- law, Janice Christensen, cousin Arnold Bach, both of CT and many nieces and nephews live on as well. Her love extended to Ben Katner of Polo and Sarah Katner Valentine of N.C. who she regarded as grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Edna, brothers Paul and Howard Christensen, Brother and sister –in- law, Charles and Frances Christensen, and her parents as well as thought of grandson David Katner.
A special thank you for the blessings and compassion of Rev. Dr. David Spaulding and the Serenity Hospice staff. Memorials are to the glory of the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon or Serenity Hospice.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon, followed by a lunch to celebrate the life of God’s good and faithful servant, Eleanor C. Waring.
Her remains will be place in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London CT, in a family plot.
Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com