Babcock, Eleanor Burns

BABCOCK, ELEANOR WJuly 25, 1929 – January 29, 2015
at the age of 85 years

 Eleanor was truly a free and fun loving spirit. She was loved and admired by all who knew her true nature, charisma and tenacity. She loved all things in nature, an animal lover and an advocate for animals. Our heart breaks for losing such a great Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend. She lived life to the fullest, joining in on the fun where ever she happened to be at the time. She was a great listener to all her many friends, always keeping in touch by phone. Eleanor was an adventurer too, she travelled solo in her motor home in the US and Mexico in her early retirement. She also joined in on the fun, boating and sailing with family and friends on the Ocean near Powell River. Earlier years she was a teacher and taught in Peace River in a one room school made of logs in 1949 (Sunset Prairie School), Richmond, BC (1949-1952) and North Vancouver, BC (1960-1970). Her most memorable times were spent at the cabin on Sheridan Lake. Sheridan Lake was her most favorite place in the world, and she shared the magic will all who came to visit. The last ten years she resided at her daughter and son in law’s property at White Lake. There she grew beautiful flower gardens, walked her dog, fed the birds and enjoyed the scenic vista from her double wide. She lived independently next door and was still driving and maintaining her own home until shortly before her passing. She will be forever missed by her family: children; Edward (Karen La Combe) Hannah, David (Desiree) Hannah, Susan (Bruce) Whitehead, step children; Rosemary (Daryl) Farquharson, Tim (Ida) Babcock, grandchildren; Jennifer Hannah, Duncan Hannah, Sophia (Jason) Mattioli, Marian (Phillipe Klein) Shukster, Beau (Carney Varga) Whitehead, Vicki, Trudy, Stacey and Terry, great grandchildren; Matthew Mattioli, Elisabeth Mattioli, Sven Sabo “Shukster”, Laura Klein and Brenna Varga. She was predeceased by her two husbands Lewis Babcock and Glenn Hannah, grandson Robert Hannah, sister Joan Graham and parents Leslie Dixon and Annie Dixon. Greatly admired and sadly missed by many nephews, nieces, greats and cousins as well as a long list of friends.                                                                                                            
                                                     Forever in our hearts.
A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held in April 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local SPCA.


  1. All my best to all of you and my friend Eleanor. I have been friends with Eleanor since my time living in white Lake in the 80’s. she was my neighbour and came over with her knowledge that my plants would not make it through the night! . I covered them with a tarp, she said that will do! I have been a artist and Eleanor was very encouraging at all times. I was told firmly, ‘do your Art”! so thanks Eleanor for all! I listened, she listened, as we did. Also to Kerrisdale our old stomping grounds. Have a great day!!! I am sending my hand painted card and photo of the jacket we discussed frequently!!! Everyone will want one was her phrase. I will come later, much love Corlyn

  2. Susan, Bruce and family.. My deepest sympathies to all.. I have such fond memories of your mom, in Turtle Valley, up at Sheridan Lake.. Sophie’s wedding.. Truly a great loss.

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