Eleanor H. Hort

January 2, 1924June 30, 2018

Eleanor Hattie Hort departed this Earth on Saturday, the 30th of June 2018, in York, Pennsylvania to join the love of her life, and husband of 73 years, Philip Francis Hort, Jr., who passed seven weeks prior. She was 94 years old. Eleanor was born on the second of January in 1924 to Robert E. and Eleanor “Nan” (Maguire) Selsor in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She will be cremated and buried with Philip in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Friday, the sixth of July.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her brother Robert in 2007 and her half-sister Dorothy in 1980. Eleanor is survived by her children Dianne Grubb (Robert) and Philip III (Doris); her grandchildren Kimberly Jessen (Joel), Glenn Grubb (Genevieve), Jennifer Sellek (Jesse), and Cyndy Hort; and her great-grandchildren Annalise Sotelo (Angel), Isaac, Abigail and Maddie Jessen, Liam and Anderson Grubb, and Isabel Solano; her nephew Joshua Selsor and her grand-nephew and niece Alexander and Samara Selsor.

Eleanor was born and raised in Philadelphia and it was there that she met Philip at the age of 13. High school sweethearts, they married eight years later. True to her independent nature she struck out alone to visit her newly wedded husband in San Diego, living with him in a converted horse barn, before he shipped out in the Navy during WWII. Eleanor was never restrained by convention and was always ahead of her time. She was the first on her block to wear dungarees but also loved her pretty, high heels. An adventuress and outdoorswoman, Eleanor was never afraid to try new things. She loved dancing, riding roller coasters, hunting and fishing with Philip, and won many trophies and medals in competitive archery. Eleanor worked many jobs over the years as a bookkeeper, credit manager, and cathode ray tube builder. She retired shortly after Philip, but returned to work after vacationing in the US Virgin Islands. She was the comptroller and bookkeeper at Maho Bay Campground on the island of St. John for most of the 1980s and at Estate Concordia on the other side of the island before they both retired and started traveling. After several years they settled down in Sanford, Florida, at Twelve Oaks RV Resort. There, Eleanor ruled as Queen Mum of her local Red Hat Society. She enjoyed line dancing and played cards with their many friends. Eleanor and Philip spent twenty years in Florida before moving to Pennsylvania to be near their daughter.

Eleanor will be remembered for her adventurous spirit and unswerving dedication and love for her husband, Philip.


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Eleanor H. Hort

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