Eleanor Olive Purchase (Picking)

Photo:Eleanor Olive Picking c 1929

Eleanor Olive Picking c 1929

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor with parents Harold and Fanny Picking c1926

Eleanor with parents Harold and Fanny Picking c1926

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor with parents Harold and Fanny c1936

Eleanor with parents Harold and Fanny c1936

Margaret Green

Photo:Merchant Taylors - House Team c1936 L-R Esther or Ruth Harradine, Eric Worboys, Eleanor Picking, Joyce Gurney -  ?,   Sidney Cheetham, June Dennis, Howard Day,   ?,    Betty Davies? - Gerald Rand,    ?

Merchant Taylors - House Team c1936 L-R Esther or Ruth Harradine, Eric Worboys, Eleanor Picking, Joyce Gurney - ?, Sidney Cheetham, June Dennis, Howard Day, ?, Betty Davies? - Gerald Rand, ?

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor top right hand side with work friends c1938?

Eleanor top right hand side with work friends c1938?

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor c1940

Eleanor c1940

Margaret Green

Photo:Ron and Eleanor at St Mary's Ashwell, 2 Dec 1944

Ron and Eleanor at St Mary's Ashwell, 2 Dec 1944

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor and Ron's wedding at St Mary's Ashwell 02 December 1944 - Bridesmaids Esther and Ruth Harradine (Twins)

Eleanor and Ron's wedding at St Mary's Ashwell 02 December 1944 - Bridesmaids Esther and Ruth Harradine (Twins)

Margaret Green

Photo:Eleanor's wedding reception invoice 1944

Eleanor's wedding reception invoice 1944

Margaret Green

Photo:Ron and Eleanor at Skegness 1946

Ron and Eleanor at Skegness 1946

Margaret Green

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30 November 1924 - 5 September 2017

By Margaret Green typed by Jackie Embury

Eleanor was born on the 30 November 1924 in Cinque Cottage, Ashwell. She had a younger brother, Geoffrey Picking.

When Elanor left school at fourteen she worked the first three years at the  Spirella factory, Letchworth, then at Fordhams brewery, Ashwell.

During the war, Eleanor did fire watching duty on a Sunday afternoon. She met her husband to be, Ron Purchase, whilst walking on the Morden road in 1944. Ron was a member of the   Royal Artillery, working with searchlights. Eleanor and Ron were married at St Mary’s Church Ashwell on 2
December 1944, during Ron’s 48 hour leave. They lived with Eleanor’s parents at Mount Pleasant, now Lucas Lane.

In 1947, Eleanor and Ron moved into 65 Willian Road. Eleanor worked as a chamber maid at Letchworth Golf Club until Margaret was born. Paul followed in due course. When Paul started school, Eleanor returned to work, first at the International Stores in Bucklersbury,  then at Tesco on the checkout until 1983.

Eleanor had four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren of whom she was immensely proud.

Eleanor’s funeral service was held on Friday 29 September 2017 at Ashwell United Reformed Church, which she attended for many years with her friend Margaret Revells;  Eleanor is buried with her husband Ron in Ashwell cemetery.

‘Eleanor was a loving caring person and I feel I have lost a large slice of my life now she has gone. We never disagreed; she was the kind of friend and neighbour one was so pleased to have known.’

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