Eleanor Ruth Padgett Landers, age 99, of Black Mountain, NC, joined the Church Triumphant on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Swannanoa Valley Nursing and Health Rehabilitation.
Eleanor was born on October 3, 1923 to James Riley Padgett and Jessie Ann Burnett Padgett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Landers; and a brother, James Robert Padgett.
She is survived by a daughter, Tiphaine Worley; her sister-in-law, Gloria Padgett; and nephew, David Padgett.
A true daughter of the Swannanoa Valley, Eleanor had family ties dating back to her grandparents, W.H. “Champ” and Elsie Burnett, early settlers of the North Fork settlement and her paternal grandparents settled in the Valley in the early 1800s. Eleanor is a United Daughter of the Confederacy.
After graduating from Black Mountain High School, during WWII, Eleanor served her country by enlisting in the Navy Women’s Accepted Volunteer Emergency Service. After her service, she attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical and Dental College in Memphis. She moved to Florida to pursue her career as a Dental Hygienist, working for over 30 years. While living in Florida, she became a golfer and was a member of the West Coast Women’s Golf Association for over 20 years.
When she retired, she returned to her hometown of Black Mountain. She became an active member of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, the church she grew up in. She served on the Presbyterian Women’s Board for many years and was honored by Presbyterian Women with an Honorary Life Membership. She was a regular volunteer at the church, the Black Mountain Visitor’s Center, and a member of PEO. A really enthusiastic bridge player, she player in various bridge groups.
A private service will be held in the columbarium courtyard at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC, 28806.
Online condolences may be made at: www.penlandfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Landers family with arrangements.
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