Elinor Hackney Hall, 95, of York Beach, Maine, passed away at her home on Monday, April 19, 2021, after a period of declining health. She was born on March 20, 1926, daughter of the late Sidney P. and Effie (Chase) Hackney, Elinor was raised in the heart of York Beach and attended York schools. Her childhood was spent growing up in this small seaside resort among a throng of Chase cousins and tight-knit friends.
In 1946 El married George Keen Hall of New Castle, NH, and together they began their life in Portsmouth, NH. She began clerking for Sears Roebuck in Portsmouth, and by retirement in 1977, was the manager of its large catalog department.
Early on the couple developed a love of gardening and were known in their Portsmouth neighborhood for their fabulous vegetable and flower gardens each year. Both loved to dance, and their social life centered around the Saturday night ballroom dances found in the Seacoast area. El and George were also big road trippers and no town or scenic area of the eastern seaboard hadn’t been explored. Later in life they traveled further afield to Arizona, Michigan, and Germany for family visits and enjoyed several winters in Florida.
Upon retirement, Elinor and George moved back to her childhood home in York Beach. With El’s knack for making friends, their house was busy with people drawn to her laughter and spunky-lady attitude. Plus, she was a wonderful baker, and a pie or cinnamon buns were always just coming out of the oven. Her flower gardens were still lovely, and she celebrated the close of each summer by canning 25 quarts of her famous tomato relish… at age 94.
Elinor is predeceased by her parents, her husband, and one brother, John Hackney of Cape Neddick. She is survived by her niece, Valerie Seaton (David) of Cape Neddick, and their two sons, Matthew (Jen) of Manchester, NH, and Jared of Cape Neddick.
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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