Eleanor "Ellie" J. Sessions, 86, died Sept. 5, 2011, at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1924, in Franklinville, N.Y., to the late Ernest and Irene Hotchkiss.

Mrs. Sessions enjoyed people and talking with everyone she met.

Most of her career was spent in the banking industry, where she began as a teller and rose through the ranks to bank manager.

Upon retirement, Mrs. Sessions enjoyed her time selling spirits at the Washington Liquor Store.

She loved music. As a young woman, she was a member of the Sweet Adelines, an organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop.

She belonged to numerous church choirs, in which she performed many solos and duets.

Mrs. Sessions is survived by a daughter, Wendy A. Seeley, and a son-in-law, Gregory E. Seeley, of Washington Depot; a grandson, Bryan Seeley, of Washington, D.C.; nieces, Virginia Woolwine and Roberta McCrea, and their families, in Virginia; and granddaughters and great-grandsons in Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry M. Sessions, her daughter, Linda Jeanne Allen, and her siblings, Virginia Georgia and Paul Hotchkiss.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 6 Kirby Road, Washington CT 06793, with donations to benefit the church's Uplift Project to provide an accessible entrance to the church for those with impaired mobility.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.