Eleanor G. Beetham Cook-Ward
4 October, 1940 – 25 November, 2019
Eleanor (Ellie) G. Beetham Cook-Ward of Uncasville CT, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2109. She was born October 4, 1940 to John E. Beetham Sr. and Marie (Holmes) Beetham in Norwich, CT. Ellie is survived by brother Howard “Jiggs” Beetham and sister Marie Ford, children Tina (Cook) Guetens (husband John), Scott Cook and James Cook (wife Jetta), and her five grandchildren; Chase , Tyler, Bryan, Sydney and Peyton. Ellie was pre-deceased by her parents, ex-husband Edward Cook, husband James Ely Ward, sister Anna M. Crisco, brother John E. Beetham Jr., son Stephen Cook and grandson Chris Cook. Ellie was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy (’58), Wm. W Backus School of Nursing (’61) and Mohegan Community College (’87). Her career as a nurse spanned five decades, working between L&M Hospital, Backus Hospital and Haven Health Care in Willimantic up until her retirement in 2011. Ellie had great love for her family and was a constant presence at the sporting events of her children and grandchildren throughout her life. A lifelong resident of Montville, her support of Montville High School sports was a lifelong dedication. She especially loved to attend her grandchildren’s sporting events; football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, whether in the heat of the summer or cold of winter, Ellie always had a spot in the stands reserved. Ellie’s strongest passion may have been for local short track racing, a passion passed down through the family’s generations. Whether at the Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Speedway or Thompson Speedway, Ellie was a fixture in the stands or the pits, supporting her brothers, children and grandchildren in their efforts on the tracks. Christmas Day gatherings between family and friends with Ellie were an annual Holiday tradition, for years hosted at the family farm. “The Farm” remained a special place for Ellie her entire life, a place of generational Beetham family memories. The family will greet relatives and friends at Church and Allen Montville Funeral Home in Uncasville 53 Norwich New London Tpke. from 3:00-6:00 on Thursday November 5th. A celebration of life will follow Friday December 6th at 11:00 at Church and Allen, with burial immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New London. Following burial a reception is planned at the Polish Club in Montville. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Christopher Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund at Montville High School, c/o Sue Orzechowski, 800 Chesterfield Rd, Montville, CT 06370. Please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.
- Visitation Thursday, 5 December , 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, 6 December , 2019
Eleanor G. Beetham Cook-Ward
January 1, 2020
I remember well Ellie at school sports events. She was passionate about her children's school activities and was always there. To Scott and her other children, remember her with love and gratitude for she was a wonderful mother to you all. Fondest memories. Fannie Esidore
December 4, 2019
I would like to let the whole family know. I'm sorry to here about Ellie. She was a such a nice lady. An always included me in on Family function's. I will just remember her as a caring person an how much she loved her family an grandchildren.
December 3, 2019
Condolences from Eileen Bossie and family.
November 28, 2019
I have work with elly and enjoy working with her. she was a wonderful person. always given to everyone. I will miss her very much. my heart goes out to the family'