August 20, 1928 – December 31, 2013
Obituaries » ELINOR M. NORWOOD
NORWOOD, ELINOR M. “ELLIE,” 85, of Montpelier and Craigville, Mass., passed away gently December 31, at Woodridge Nursing Home due to complications following a recent stroke. Born Aug. 20, 1928, in Worcester, Mass., she was the daughter of John and Etheldred (Wilmott) McKinley. She spent her formative years in Worcester, Mass. and graduated from North High School in 1946 and then attended Mount Holyoke College, from which she matriculated in 1950 with her bachelor’s degree in English literature. Ellie was an accomplished flutist and chorale member during these years and continued to stay active with Mount Holyoke as an alumna. Ellie pursued a career in editing in New York City from 1950 through 1960 working for Morehouse and Barlow publishing. She spent time attending Broadway shows, traveling and enjoying much time with good friends, friendships she maintained throughout the rest of her life. On Oct. 1, 1960, Ellie married Granger W. Norwood in New York City. The Norwoods made their home first in Conway, Mass., then settled in Worcester, Mass., to be close to family. Elinor was a stay-at-home mother and a substitute teacher before she and her husband fulfilled their dream of purchasing the Walberg & Auge Music Co. in Auburn, Mass. They lovingly operated this business for many years, providing musical rentals and repairs to students and professionals alike. They relocated the store to Worcester, Mass. and eventually changed its name to Norwood Music. They were extremely active members of the All Saints Episcopal Church. Ellie was the first woman to be elected to the church vestry. After many years in Worcester, they were able to retire to their beloved cottage on Cape Cod, where Ellie summered with the children before making it her permanent home, and graciously hosted many family and friends through the years. She continued to occupy her caring and active mind with philanthropic endeavors such as the Alzheimer’s Association of Cape Cod, elder care for many in her area, as well as donating much of her time to the Centerville Library. She loved the ocean and her beautiful cottage and felt fortunate to have been able to spend so many years in this beautiful place. Ellie consumed multiple books and newspapers each week, including completing the daily New York Times crossword puzzle in pen. She enjoyed a wide variety of literary genres, her favorite stories being mysteries and romances. She was always up on the current news and loved a strong debate; her quick wit and strong will were a tough match. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Granger. She is survived by her brother and his wife, John and Bea McKinley, of Kensington Md.; her children, Nancy and Ray Daigle, of Moretown, Deborah N. Ruane, of San Diego, Calif., Guy and Diane Norwood, of East Barre, and Jennifer M. Norwood, of West Chatham, Mass. She also loved her seven grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law and her husband, Nancy and Norman Vester, of St. Albans, and six beloved nieces and nephews.