Eleanor M. Dabbs

By From page A2 | October 16, 2013

Eleanor Dabbs

Jan. 22, 1923 – Oct. 13, 2013

Eleanor M. Dabbs was born in Livingston, Mont., on Jan. 22, 1923. She passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2013.

Mom’s roots were in a third-generation railroad family, with a strong Irish Catholic pioneering spirit. So much of what formed Mom’s life was the Great Depression and World War II. Her strong will over came all of life’s challenges. During the war years she transcended the traditional female role of the times. She wanted to be a pilot, joining the Civil Air Patrol. She became a certified Airplane Mechanic at the Alameda Naval Yard, joining the war effort in 1942. She graduated from Merit Business school and was a skilled investor.

After the War ended Mom met the love of her life, Lester Dabbs. They both enjoyed Big Band music and dancing. They were married in 1947, until Dad’s death in 1983. They moved from the Bay Area of California to Lake Tahoe in 1960. At Lake Tahoe they raised three sons while continuing their careers. In 1977 they retired to the Placerville, Calif., area. Eleanor was active in the Placerville community as a volunteer for many years. She spent many hours working with the Catholic Church, Meals on Wheels, was AARP tax volunteer, and was part of Habitat for Humanity.

Eleanor is survived by her three sons, Paul (Irma), Tom (Linda) and Jeff; three grandsons, Brian (Amber), Matt (Lanie) and Curtis (Stephanie); and four great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Mia, Cameron and Kaylee. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, whom she was close to.

The family wishes to thank Snowline Hospice for their dedicated support and care.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. (visitation from 9:15 to 10), at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3109 Sacramento Street in Placerville. Interment will follow at Westwood Hills Memorial Park, 2720 Cold Springs Raod in Placerville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Eleanor’s name to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 (or online at Online condolences may be posted at


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