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Eleanor Blanche Rathbone

July 25, 1938November 3, 2020
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Eleanor Blanche Bunn Rathbone, 82, passed away on November 3, 2020, at home in the Spokane Valley, Washington, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 25, 1938, in Missoula, MT, to Howard and Alice Bunn. Eleanor grew up in the Cheney and Spokane area of Washington. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Highs School in 1958.

Eleanor, Mom, Grandma or Aunt Ellie was what everyone knew her by, she was married to Melvin in 1961. They were married for 43 years. After Melvin passed away in 2004, she lived with her sons and grandchildren. She was never left alone and was surrounded always with her family. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her family was her whole life. She became even more elated by the birth of her many grandchildren and she was blessed to meet her first great granddaughter in 2011. And just recently, in January 2020, she was blessed to meet her second great granddaughter. Then in May 2020, she was blessed with her very first great-grandson.

She would never turn anyone away. Ellie loved everyone she met and would make everyone feel at home, and if you needed a place to stay she would make room. She also counted on the Lord to get us all through the ups and downs of life.

Ellie is survived by all her sons and their wives, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all her nieces and nephews, cousins and many other relatives. Alan, Mike and Paula, Sammy, Cassie and baby Jeremiah, and Jacob. Curtis and Suzi, Jeremy and Rebakah, Jimmy, Sean, and William, Josh and Marlowe, and Jordon, Chris and Michelle, Nick, Jessika, Isabella and Zilyann, and Shelbie. Gordon Rathbone her youngest son. Mary Hamlin, Alex Hamlin and Angel Hamlin and two special nieces Ellie (Elisha) Kemery and Jennine Ellis and many others that called her Mom or Grandma. Eleanor was proceeded in death by her husband Melvin (2004),her parents Howard Bunn (1971) and Alice Bunn (1980), and her brother and sister Ernie Bunn (2013) and Vicki Ellis (2020). Mom's life was a full and happy one devoted to God and family.

Thanks Mom, we love you with ALL our hearts!

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mike Rathbone, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Rathbone, Active Pallbearer
  • Alan Rathbone, Active Bearer
  • Curtis Rathbone, Active Pallbearer
  • Nick Rathbone, Active Pallbearer
  • Sammy Hamlin, Active Pallbearer
  • Gordon Rathbone, Honorary Pallbearer
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Alan Rathbone

November 17, 2020

Wish to thank everyone at Thornhill for the wonderful service and attention to requested details.

Mom lead an exciting life and at 82 got every mile out of the deal.
Always impressive, mom planned her funeral with precision and it was well presented.

I love you mom...with ALL my heart!

Cathy Johnson (Ed Rathbone)

November 9, 2020

I don't know if the boys remember me and my sisters. We attended the yearly Jesse James family reunions. We had a lot of fun and looked forward to seeing Uncle Mel and Aunt Ellie and the boys.
Alan, do you remember the cemetary in Eatonville and you and I waited until dark to the scare the little ones!
So many wonderful memories.

xoxo
Cathy, Valerie, and Denise

Bill Jones

November 8, 2020

Mom was always there, even in my darkest hours of life. She always loved openly, with her whole heart, and NEVER turned anyone away.

She was my guiding light when my ship went ary, always reminding me that I was better than my problems.

Thank you momma, and go rest now, you've earned it.

Love, your son,
Bill.

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