Elinor Leland

Elinor H. "Ellie" Leland (Philip)

Saturday March 23, 1929 - Monday May 4, 2020
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Elinor H. (Philip) Leland, affectionately known to her family and friends as “Ellie”, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020. She had recently celebrated her 91st birthday.

Ellie is survived by her loving children, George P. Leland of Uxbridge; Jeffrey J. Leland and his wife Joan of Westmore, VT; Andrea M. Leland and her husband Billy Smith Jr. of Northborough; four grandchildren, William H. Leland IV, Kristine Leland, Jamie Smith and Billy Smith III. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, William H. Leland II in 2017 and their son, William H. Leland III in 2003.

Born and raised in Worcester, Ellie was the daughter of George and Madeline (Tarkanian) Philip. After graduating with the Commerce High School’s Class of ’47, Ellie began her working career at the former Rice Barton Manufacturing Co where she worked as the executive secretary to the President, Charles Barton. It was here that she met her future husband, Bill. They relocated to Northborough in the early 1960’s where they raised their family. Ellie enjoyed spending time researching antique furniture, visiting historic homes and museums, and attending antique car shows with Bill.

In later years, Ellie was an executive secretary at Algonquin Regional High School and then at the former NEC Co in Boxborough until her retirement in 2000. After 35 years in Northborough, Bill and Ellie moved to Uxbridge where she became an active member of Saint Mary Parish, volunteering on the church’s bereavement committee.

At this time all services will be private. Ellie will be laid to rest beside Bill in Saint Mary Cemetery, Uxbridge.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a future date. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Arrangements are under the care of Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. To share a memory or to leave an online condolence, please visit
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Elaine Ethier

Posted at 10:03am
My deepest sympathy to your family. I will miss you Ellie, May you find peace in our savior Jesus Christ.
Elaine Ethier

Brian Brosnihan

Posted at 07:39am
My heartfelt condolences to the Leland family. Ellie & Bill frequently came to dinner at Legal Sea Foods in RI. I had the pleasure of getting to know them both and sat with them reminiscing about Worcester, and all things Cadillac. Their son sold me a DeVille in 2002. They were both beautiful people and I will remember their kindness to me. Rest In Peace Ellie and may you take a caddy cruise with Bill by your side in paradise. 😞🙏🏻

Jean Dargie

Posted at 07:50am
My Deepest sympathy to the whole family...Thinking of you all this Mother's Day weekend..Sincerely Jean & Bernie Dargie

Mark & Lora Philip

Posted at 07:19am
With deepest sympathy to Elinor's family. We were so grateful to be able to reconnect with Elinor, her siblings, all all of their families before their passing. They are reunited once again under the watchful gaze of our Lord.

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