Eleanor "Ban" Ring White
July 23, 1926 – January 28, 2020
Eleanor Ring White (Ban) of Greenwich CT and Douglas Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Ban was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 23, 1926 to Paul Fusz Ring and Eleanor Murray Ring. Ban graduated from Villa Duchene, a Sacred Heart school in St. Louis Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1947. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth H. White (Libby), sons John H. White Jr. (Chip), Matthew M. White and five grandchildren Kathryn R. White, Lucie M. White, Matthew M. White Jr., Morgan W. White and Brendan H. White Ban was predeceased by her husband John H. White, daughter Lucie R. White and son Paul R. White. During her 60 years in Greenwich, Ban was a member of the Greenwich Junior League and sang with the Grace Notes. As an artist, she was a member of the Greenwich Pen Women. Ban exhibited her art in several juried shows featuring her paintings of her grandchildren, sailboats, Venice, and the beach on Lake Michigan in Douglas. Ban was an active member of the Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Decorative Arts, Greenwich Bible Study and at the YWCA Jane Boutelle Exercise Class. Ban was on the faculty of Sacred Heart Greenwich for 23 teaching Typing/ Wordprocessing to her “darling girls”. She looked forward each June to giving out the Lucie White Award at Sacred Heart’s Prize Day. Ban was an active member of The Belle Haven Club for 60 years. During that time, Ban and her husband served on the pool and swim team committees. Pool parties at Belle Haven were her favorite times of the summer. Ban was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael the Archangel for 25 years. A viewing will be held at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home Arch Street Greenwich from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Tuesday, February 4th. A funeral mass will be held at St Michael the Archangel Church, North Street Greenwich on Wednesday, February 5th at 10:30AM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sacred Heart Greenwich
- Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Mass of Christian Buial Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Eleanor "Ban" Ring White
February 2, 2020
My wife, Freddie, and I first met Ban 47 years ago at the Belle Haven Club. Over the years we came to respect her open, honest friendship - and more important - what she stood for.
Her paintings, when on exhibit, were evocative of a time and place; and so meaningful that we always discussed them later. They were that good. At a high mass, we liked to be seated close to her - for me to get the true pitch of the hymns. Her voice remained true and lovely, never wavering - even as my nearby voice was enthusiastic and off key.
When our home was flooded, Ban generously gave us her condo to use while she was in Michigan. Her artwork was there for us to absorb again. But, more important were the loving photos of her extended family going back for generations. A true tribute from a great granddaughter, granddaughter, and mother to those she cherished.
Oh, how Ban will be missed.
God Rest Her Soul in the Peace of the Lord
February 1, 2020
I extend my deepest sympathy to Ban's family. We enjoyed many Greenwich Pen Women events over the years and I remember Ban as a truly lovely and loving lady. Yes, lady -- with refined manners, sparkling enthusiasm, and a happiness about her that emanated so wonderfully to all around her. She will be missed. I will miss her.