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Eleanor M. (Chilson)  Boston

Eleanor M. (Chilson) Boston
  • February 14, 1924 - February 25, 2021
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I remember well the fun our family had with Eleanor and Lee when we were all members of the Northside Snowmobile Club. In fact, I still have my...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Patricia Fosdick - Battle Creek

“Mrs. Boston was my neighbor for many many years. Her daughter Nancy graduated from Pennfield High school and her Son Alan was a good friend too....Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Bonnie Graham/Hibbard - MI

“I always enjoyed talking with Eleanor and working with her as a fellow trustee at Oak Hill Cemetery. She was a warm and talented lady. Several...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: David H Eddy - MI - Friend

“Dear Eleanor, Without a doubt you have embraced Lee and Alan and those you have missed for a long time. I thank you for being a proud BCCHS grad, for...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jennifer Moore - Battle Creek, MI

“Eleanor was a wonderful woman. She was a great sister to my grandmother and a wonderful aunt to my mother. I will greatly miss her annual letters...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Mark Bowman - Johnson City, TN

“I am so sorry to hear of Eleanor's passing. I met Eleanor at my first adult job working at Federal Home Insurance in Battle Creek. She was a...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Debi (Arnett) Henry - Creve Coeur, IL

“Thank you Eleanor for being my art buddy. I will never forget all the painting on location trips we made and times we went to art museums together. ...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: lee cowles - Marshall, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family of Eleanor. I have many wonderful memories of the hours spent painting with Eleanor in Battle Creek. Eleanor was an...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Alana Speckman - Onalaska, WI

“Dear Nancy, I am so truly sorry for your loss. I loved your mom so much. When we talked and laughed together, we always commented on how we were so...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jackie Gillespie - Port St. Lucie, FL

“Eleanor was not only a cousin, but a fellow DAR associate. When I applied for membership, she encouraged me to complete my detailed paperwork, She...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: carol adams - burlington, MI

“I have known the Boston family and Eleanor for over 60 years dating back to my days at Pennfield schools with Alan in my class. They are one of the...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Charles Hobbs - Battle Creek, MI

“My condolences to the family of Eleanor Boston. I met Eleanor when she was the secretary for the Historical Society of Battle Creek. She was...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Elizabeth Neumeyer - Battle Creek, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Eleanor. I met Eleanor through the Art Center of Battle Creek as well as Kellogg Community College's...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“My sympathies to Eleanor's family. I worked with Eleanor back in the day when Federal Home Life was in BC. She kept all of us in the R&D department...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Marcia Wentworth - Battle Creek, MI

“Nancy so surprised to read about your moms passing. She had a wonderful and amazing life. Your mom lived a street over from us in Garrison Hills....Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Vicky (Walter) Wicker - MI

“All my sympathy to you Nancy and to all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. I did truly enjoy talking with Eleanor; she was sharp as a tack...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Alex Bowman - Roanoke, VA

“Nancy, I'm very sad to hear of your Mother's passing. What an exceptional and elegant Lady she was. I remember seeing her at the hospital many times....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Doug BARKER - Battle Creek, MI

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Eleanor M. Boston passed away February 25, 2021 at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI. She was 97-years-old.

She was a descendent of two pioneer families in Battle Creek, MI. This was the family Gores who settled in West Leroy in the early 1800's and the family Chilsons who settled in Battle Creek around 1867. Eleanor was born on February 14, 1924 to Leon E. Chilson and Ella Lola (Gore) Chilson at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1941 and proudly served as Majorette for three years with the Battle Creek Central Band. She was an accomplished baton twirler and taught lessons for many years. Eleanor worked in the family business E. Chilson & Son Greenhouses and Floral Shop for many years as a floral designer and business manager. She married Lee G. Boston on September 15, 1942. Lee enlisted in the Air Force in October 1942. They lived in Spokane, Washington for a short time and then in St. Petersburg, Florida for two years. After the war, they returned to Battle Creek where Eleanor worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad Motive Power Office and later for the Federal Home Life Insurance Company for 25 years. After retiring from the insurance company, she worked for the Historical Society of Battle Creek for several years. Her husband preceded her in death in 1992 after 50 years of marriage.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Nancy Chiasson of Wayne, MI; a grandson Adam Chiasson and his wife Kristin, of Canton, MI; a grandson Bradley Chiasson and his wife Elaine, of Westland, MI. Eleanor was preceded in death by her son Alan Boston who passed in 1988 and her sister Marian (Casper) Uldriks in February of 2015. Eleanor is survived by Glena Boston, of Lancaster PA; a granddaughter Rebecca Boston and Tobe Fischer, of Lancaster, PA; a grandson Travis Boston and his wife Richelle, of Lancaster, PA; ten great grandchildren Alan J Fischer, Hayden, Kris, Kaylie, Alex, Cameron, and Alyssia Boston, of Lancaster, PA and Dominic, Maxwell, and Stella Chiasson, of Canton, MI; a nephew Casper Uldriks of Muskegon, MI; a niece Janet Fricano of Gun Lake, MI; and a niece Marilyn Cagle and her husband Steve, of Muskegon, MI.

Eleanor was an accomplished artist. Her interest was in fine art. She was a Past President of the Battle Creek Society of Artists, a member of the SW Michigan Watercolor Society and The Battle Creek Art Center. She was active in many organizations, a past Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution and member for over 60 years; an active member of the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Auxiliary for over 27 years, Life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Past Chapeau of Calhoun County Salon #41 8/40, Member of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association Board, past officer of the Unity Chapter ABWA, past member of the Northside Snowmobile Club, Marywood Country Club, and past charter member and president of the Pennfield Purdy School PTA.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 70 years. She was enrolled in the Cradle Roll in 1924. She served the church in many capacities such as Elder, Deacon, and many committees such as Benevolence, Worship and Music, Christian Education, Facilities and Mission Study, and past member of the Presbyterian Women's Board. She was an active member of Lydia Circle of Presbyterian Women.

Friends will be received by Eleanor's family 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A celebration of life will be at a later date at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Historical Society of Battle Creek, the Humane Society, or memorial of your choice.

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255 South Avenue Battle Creek, MI 49014
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