March 8, 1922 ~ March 10, 2010
Ellen was born at Cape Scott, BC and lived a pioneer life with her parents, three sisters and two brothers. Tragedy struck the family in 1938 with the loss of her two brothers, only to be followed closely by the death of her mother. In spite of the hardships, Ellen had fond memories growing up in the wilderness, which kindled a lifelong love of animals. In 1942, the family moved to Nanoose Bay where Ellen met her husband Carl. They were married in 1944. Ellen and Carl raised their children Linda, Dale, Camellia and Ernest as well as numerous foster children in Nanoose Bay and were active members in the community. After retiring in 1974, Ellen and Carl moved to Salt Spring. Together they volunteered for Seniors for Seniors, Meals on Wheels and other groups. Carl passed away in 1980. Ellen continued helping with the Seniors for Seniors luncheons for many years.
Declining health meant Ellen needed the care that Greenwoods provides. She resided at Greenwoods for 5½ years, where she was known for her love of chocolate and coffee. Ellen passed away peacefully at Greenwoods on March 10 and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Thank you to the staff at Greenwoods, Dr. MacPhail and the Hospice Volunteers. No service by request.