Eleanor L. Small, 85, died peacefully Jan. 12, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Eleanor was born Sept. 23, 1925, the daughter of Oscar and Esther (Mahoney) Drinkwater.

Eleanor attended Crosby High School and married her late husband, Daniel I. Small Sr., in December 1948. Eleanor was a woman of many talents. She was an accomplished seamstress and was commissioned by clients for many years. She had a “green thumb” when it came to her flower gardens and house plants. She painted, drew in charcoal, basket weaved, quilted, reupholstered furniture, hooked rugs and dabbled in a little model ship building. Her greatest passion, however, was cooking. One would most often find her at the kitchen table reading cooking magazines or baking bread, cookies, canning or trying out new recipes as well as recreating those recipes passed down. She was a strong and independent person right to the end and will be missed dearly. Many treasured memories live on with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Daniel I. Small, Jr. and his wife Sheryll of Northport; three granddaughters, Meghan E. Small of Northport, Kathryn N. Small of Wolfeboro, N.H., and Laura A. Small of Northport, and also one sister, Ruth Herrick of Northport.

Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memorial donations may be made to Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, P. O. Box 407, Belfast, Maine 04915. Online condolences may be offered at www.ripostafh.com.