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Eleanor Brown Rountree

Eleanor F. Brown Rountree of Springfield died Friday, Jan. 1, after a lengthy illness. She was 89.

Eleanor was born in Yellow Springs on April 21, 1920, the daughter of William Henry Hughes Sr. and Ella Cordell Phillips. Eleanor spent her entire childhood in Yellow Springs and graduated from Bryan High School in 1939. For most of her adult life she was employed in Greene County, retiring from the department of Human Services.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul Rountree, sister Juanita Temple, half-sister Fannie Sue Majors, brothers William “Buddy” Hughes, George “Baby” Hughes, Melvin Hughes, Lloyd Hughes and stepbrother, John Phillips. Survivors include a son, Richard (Virginia) Brown of Springfield, daughter Connie Brown Lee of Springfield, sister Eugenia Lawson Bautista of Oregon, half-sister Yvonne Hughes of Illinois, half-brother Charles Hughes of California, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Per Eleanor’s wishes, private services will be provided at Jackson Lytle Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. Interment will be at Glen Forest Cemetery.


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