Chapel Hill Funeral Home

542 West 52nd Street, Anniston, AL


Eleanore M Rothwell

February 3, 1930January 6, 2020

Eleanore “Ellie” Rothwell transitioned to be with her husband of 63 year, Thomas “Big Al” Rothwell on January 6, 2020 after a short illness. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Holbrook (Ted), and three sons, Brian Rothwell, Bruce Rothwell (Marta), and Brett Rothwell (Sandy); eight grandchildren: Jeff Hanline, Trisha Bjugson (Ben), Lauren Rothwell, Kristen Rothwell, Maya Rothwell, Micaella Rothwell, Mia Rothwell, and Melia Rothwell; and one great granddaughter: Payton Hanline. In her younger days, Ellie was known for her athletic ability. She was the first female lifeguard at Budd Lake in Budd Lake, NJ. She was an avid skater—both ice and roller. After high school, she joined the Navy where she met Big Al. She had great pride in her military service and often said had she not met Big Al, she would have made the military her career. A housewife, Ellie raised four children with love and a solid discipline. The kids fondly referred to her as “the Little General.” Ellie often put over 150 miles every day on her little Opal taxiing her children around to all their after school activities (which were wide and varied). She worked as a parent volunteer at many of these activities. Ellie loved to travel and traversed the United States from coast to coast in an automobile on numerous occasions showing friends and family the expansive wonders of this nation. After traveling to many countries over a life of adventure, Big Al asked Ellie if there was one last place she wanted to see. Ellie replied she wanted to see penguins in Antarctica. Big Al offered her a trip to the Birmingham zoo. Ellie laughed and declined the offer. There will be no memorial service or visitation per Ellie’s request. Any remembrances can be made to the Weaver United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.


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Candace Williams

January 9, 2020

I knew Al and Eleanore from being customers at Food World. Al would talk to me about flying since I had my pilots license also. Eleanore and Al were the most sincere sweet friendly people I have ever known. Always smiling and wonderful. My heart and prayers go out to their family and friends. You can be sure they made a powerful mark of love on the earth.