Eleanor Louise Rierson Lever

Published 10:57 pm Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tryon, NC–Eleanor Louise Rierson Lever, a long-time resident of Alexandria, VA, died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at White Oak Manor in Tryon, NC. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Lever was born on July 30, 1927, in Roanoke County, VA to Maynard Washington, and Katherine Kittinger Rierson. She attended Roanoke College and graduated in 1950 from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She began her teaching career in Laurinburg, NC.

She married Ellis R. Lever, of Newberry, SC in 1952. The Levers moved to Charlotte, NC where she taught school and her husband worked for the Charlotte Observer. They later moved to Alexandria, VA, where Mrs. Lever taught in the Alexandria Public School System, and her husband worked for The Washington Post.

Mrs. Lever was a patient and supportive teacher with a passion for literacy. She was a member of the Alexandria Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for women educators, and the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In her retirement, she became an avid gardener and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Leah Lever Creighton and her husband, Bill, and Katherine Lever Jacobs, as well as four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her nephew Larry R. Jones. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis, and her sister, Emily Rierson Jones.

Mrs. Lever will be buried in a private ceremony. Her daughters ask that you please consider a donation to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043.

                               An Online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com

                                McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory 

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