Eleanor Louise (Prouty) HentoNovember 10, 1928 ~ April 1, 2017 (age 88)
Surrounded by her family, Eleanor Louise (Prouty) Hento passed away peacefully on April 1, 2017 in Keizer, Oregon.
The daughter of Charles “Chuck” and Stella Prouty, Eleanor was born in Moscow, Idaho on November 10, 1928. Her family (her parents and three brothers) lived in Pullman, Washington where her father was a professor at Washington State University and her mother was a homemaker. Eleanor graduated from Pullman High School in 1946 and then entered Washington State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics in 1950. She was active in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Washington State and stayed in contact with many of her sorority sisters throughout her entire life attending many reunions and other Kappa functions.
After graduating from college, Eleanor became a 4-H Home Extension Agent. In 1951 she met her future husband, Ernie Hento, in Davenport, Washington through mutual friends. They were married on November 21, 1952. Ernie and Eleanor had two children, Larry and Sheryl. They lived in Davenport for 9 years before deciding in 1961 to move to Silverton, Oregon where Ernie bought the local Western Auto Store. Eleanor helped Ernie at the store for a number of years while the kids were growing up. In 1971, when she knew that her children would soon be off to college, she decided to go back to school at OCE (Oregon College of Education which is now WOU) in Monmouth to get her teaching credentials. In 1972, she got a teaching job at Robert Frost Elementary School in Silverton teaching 5th grade. She taught there for 15 years until her retirement in 1987.
Eleanor was a very gifted musician. She not only had a beautiful singing voice, but she also played the flute, the piccolo and the piano. While living in Silverton, Eleanor was active in the United Methodist Church choir and also instructed their bell choir for several years. She also sang in the Salem Chapter of Sweet Adelines for a number of years and had very fond memories of her time singing with them. Eleanor loved to travel and, after retiring, she particularly enjoyed going to elder hostels in various parts of the U.S. in her quest for further learning experiences. Additionally, after retirement she learned to play golf and played as often as she could. And while she couldn’t hit the ball real far, it always went straight as an arrow down the fairway!
In her later years, she and Ernie lived in the Willamette View Manor Retirement Community in Portland (where both of her parents had lived after they retired). In late 2014, Eleanor and Ernie moved to Keizer to be closer to their son and daughter and their families.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, her parents, and her brothers, Gordon and Raymond. She is survived by her brother, Richard “Dick” (Shirley) Prouty, son Larry (Sharon), daughter Sheryl Bauer (Tom) and grandchildren Nathan (Amy) and Nick (Cindy) Bauer, Erin and Lauren Hento, and great granddaughters, Charlotte Rae and Amelia Anne Bauer.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Arbor at Avamere in Keizer for the kindness and wonderful loving care they provided to both of our parents over the last two and half years.
A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held at McNary Golf Course, 155 McNary Estates Dr. N., Keizer, OR 97303, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Additional information about Eleanor’s life can be found at: www.SunnysideChimes.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Eleanor’s honor to The Snowman Foundation, P.O Box 1038, McMinnville, OR 97128, (www.snowmanfoundation.org), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing musical instruments, instruction and inspiration to deserving children.
The Snowman Foundation
P.O Box 1038, McMinnville OR 97128