Eleanor (Beeb) Nelson Good 1922~2021

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Eleanor (Beeb) Nelson Good died February 4, 2021 three days before her 99th birthday, lovingly cared for in her last days by her daughter Susan Jewett and her sons Tom and Tim and their respective wives Jan and Rhonda.

Eleanor Nelson Good
Eleanor Nelson Good

Beeb was born and raised in Chambersburg by her parents Robert and Beulah Nelson.

She graduated from Penn Hall prep school, founded by her grandfather,  and began nursing studies in Philadelphia until persuaded by the love of her life, Jack Good, to leave school and marry on Nov 11, 1942 and move with him to the high mountains of Colorado where he was training with the Army Ski Troops. After the war they returned to Chambersburg, where she lived for the rest of her life.

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It is hard to distill into a few paragraphs the events and significance of her almost 100 years.

She would want to be remembered for her 66 years loving marriage to Jack, who died at 90 in 2008; for her love of and dedication to her religion:  her years of service to her church as a deacon and elder, her long commitment to the prison and migrant ministries; and for her role as supermom in birthing, raising and successfully launching six children who have produced 16 grandchildren and 6  great grandchildren (so far).

We remember her stunning cornflower blue eyes and good looks, her stealth attacks followed by that satisfied smile at the card table, her ability to “put up” basket after basket of garden produce that Jack would harvest and bring to the kitchen.

She taught us to drive stick shift and play tennis, prepared wonderful feasts, nursed us through measles and broken bones, went to bat for us at school and defended us against criticism from ultra-conservative relatives, and took our side when we wanted vacation at the beach instead of fishing in the mountains.

Her generosity was impressive. You knew you were welcomed and loved no matter what hour you arrived: a freshly made bed, a plate of food on the counter, some of your favorite treats in the fridge. There was always room in the house for one more: it was a gathering place for young friends, and a home away from home for cousins over the years. 

For 62 years she lived in and lovingly cared for the house that she and Jack had built in 1949 on Coldbrook Avenue, overlooking the Falling Spring stream. When living alone in a 3 story house became too dangerous she moved into a cottage at the Menno Haven retirement community on  the property which formerly housed Penn Hall.

Her father had been Penn Hall’s business manager and athletic director and her cottage was situated on what used to be the fairway of the 7th hole of his golf course. It seemed appropriate that she would spend her last years in a place with such rich family memories.

We, her family, are extremely appreciative of the support and care she received from the staff at Menno Haven during the last 10 years of her life and we are in awe of our sister and brothers who brought her home for her last 5 days surrounding her with love and care. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, and is survived by her children: John (Janet) of San Francisco, CA, Susan Jewett of Saxtons River, VT, Laura Given (George) of Hollywood Hills, CA, Tom (Jan) of Chambersburg, Peter (Sara) of San Francisco and Tim (Rhonda) of Chambersburg, and by 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Due to the pandemic there will not be a funeral.

We hope to have a celebration of her life when  things improve enough to  allow us to gather again in person. 

In lieu of flowers Beeb would appreciate donations to the Falling Spring Church, Franklin County Jail Ministry or to the local charity of your choice

Arrangements are entrusted to the William F. Sellers Funeral Home.


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