Eleanor T. (McMenamin) Cushing
Eleanor T. (McMenamin) Cushing, age 89, of New Castle, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 5, 2015. She was born in Chestnut Hill, PA, in 1926, grew up in Elkton, MD and later moved to New Castle, DE. She was the daughter of the late Daniel L. and Eleanor E. McMenamin. She graduated from Elkton High School and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, DE.
After graduation, Eleanor worked as a pediatric nurse in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA. She met her beloved Charles on a blind date in 1946 and married in 1949. They raised six children during their 52 year loving marriage. A devoted wife and mother, Eleanor was an active, founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish where she volunteered in various capacities including Sodality, Liturgy, Outreach, and all parish fundraisers. She always baked something for the bake sales. A life-long volunteer, she served Meals on Wheels for over 40 years.
Eleanor enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, and crocheting. She loved spending time with family, especially during the holidays and the weekly summer barbeques. Many will miss her delicious Christmas gift of home baked cookies!
Her husband Charles J. Cushing died in 2002 and her brother Rev. John McMenamin, OSFS, died in 2009. She is survived by her sister Mary Jones and her brother Daniel McMenamin. She is also survived by her children and their spouses: Charles (Chuck) and Susan, Daniel (Tom) and Lori, John (Jack) and Maureen, Donna Soltman and Alan, Michael and Laura, and Mark and Kim; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the caregivers from Griswold Home Care and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate and loving care.
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday, December 12th at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cherry Hill, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eleanor’s name to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806.