Eleanor P. Roderick was born on Mar. 21, 1921 to the union of John and Mena Matthews in Tihonet/East Wareham. She was the eighth of nine children. Her brother, Theodore Matthews of West Wareham, is her surviving sibling.
Eleanor will be dearly missed by her children, daughters Pat Thibeault (Norman), Louise Sweatman, Marlene Alves (Ron) and son Kerry Roderick. She held firm to the Bible’s promise of the resurrection, that hope provided comfort after suffering the loss of her son Theophilus Roderick who died in 1993 and her daughter Ophelia Hyman who passed away in 1999.
Eleanor will be lovingly remembered by 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a large family of great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
Eleanor’s greatest joy was learning the truth from the Bible. She was baptized in symbol of her dedication to Jehovah on July 2, 1956. She spent the next 63 years sharing the good news about God’s kingdom with everyone. During the last year of her life, she was conducting a Bible study and witnessing to the nursing home staff until the end of her life.
Throughout her life Eleanor enjoyed so many activities. She was known for her love of walking, especially along the Cape Cod Canal. Her favorite spot on the Cape was the Sandwich Boardwalk, which she called the “End of the World.”
We will miss her presence in our lives, but she left us a legacy of strength, determination and endurance. Her loyalty to Jehovah, her family and friends will not be forgotten.