Mrs Eleanor Shirley Hills

HILLS, Eleanor Shirley (nee Jones) – passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

Eleanor Hills, of Braintree, Essex, daughter of Kenneth Roy Jones and Jennie May Jones (nee Horricks), beloved wife of 53 years to Derrick Hills.  Proud and wonderful mother of Kenneth Hills (Lisa Lo Conte), Tewksbury Massachusetts, and Robert Hills (Mairi Parsons), Didcot Oxfordshire.  Grandmother, to Alexander, Ana and Elliot.

After marrying Derrick, Eleanor relocated from Canada and worked as an X-Ray Technician in Epping before becoming a full-time wife and mother to the two boys.   

She was also an active member of the local community including being a member of the WI, volunteering at the baby clinic and St Clare Hospice. She enjoyed socialising and entertaining, especially over a good cup of tea. She also loved baking, playing the piano and quilting when she had the chance.

Eleanor and Derrick were congregants at the David Livingstone United Reformed Church. On moving to Braintree Eleanor and Derrick attended Ecumenical Services at The Church in Great Notley.

Respecting Eleanor’s wishes, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.  In lieu of flowers Eleanor has asked that as an expression of sympathy, donations be made to St Clare Hospice.

Charity details

St Clare West Essex Hospice Care Trust

The work of St Clare is about helping those affected by life-limiting illnesses to have the best quality of life.

Registered Number 1063631

Messages of condolence

We are all so sorry to hear the sad news about Eleanor We send our love to you all Eva, Murray & Dorinda, Tim and Families

Mrs Eva Shewchuk

My sympathy and prayers to Robert, Kenneth and families. Wonderful memories of your mother - a life-time friend indeed!

Mrs Eileen Hugli

My sincerest condolences at the passing of your mother and grandmother, Eleanor. I will never forget her kindness and generosity to us as we made our way through England. She truly took us in and was our Mother Goose, and will be missed.

Mrs Lisa Wicklund Whiteside

I am so lucky to have had such a loving and supportive Godmother. I will remember all those Christmas Day visits to her house, her fabulous marshmallow crispy cakes and her teaching me the ‘Beans, beans the musical fruit’ rhyme!! Not to mention the diplomacy she exercised each time when driving my brother and I home, stopping off in a lay-by half way in order to let us swap who was sitting in the front seat of the car! Such happy memories of a truly kind lady that had such a spark for life. I will hold her and Uncle Derrick dear forever.

Mrs Libby Binks

Goodbye to a most lovely and kind lady Liz and I were very privileged to know. David and Liz xxxxx

Mr David Kerry

I couldn't have chosen a better Godmother for my three children. Eleanor was always there for me and my family. Such a wonderful person always ready to help anyone, whether it was physically or just an ear over a cup of tea. I will miss visiting you. God bless

Mrs Veronica Jones

With love from Sarah, Chris and Kate.

Mr Christopher Hills

Wishing Kenneth and Robert (and families) much support, love and happy memories. Your mom's infectious laugh and positive spirit will remain always in our hearts. With sympathy, Janet Hugli Soong & Dominic Soong

Mr & Mrs Janet Hugli & Dominic Soong

We are grateful for the very happy memories of our shared time living in Hart Road. With lots of love to Kenneth and Robert and all their families Norman and Jackie

Mr & Mrs Norman & Jackie Nash

With Deepest Sympathy at this sad time

Mr & Mrs William and Brenda Webb

Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother whom we met many times at the Office Party

Mr Peter Gordon

Service details

Cremation Service

02 February, 2021 15:30

Three Counties Crematorium

Halstead Road, High Garrett, Braintree, CM7 5PB
Due to current restrictions we are limited to 30 people in chapel