Ellie Aidells, 1951 - 2013|
Aidells, Ellie, 61, died on February 15, 2013, after a recurrence of breast cancer. Ellie was born Ellen Jane Varven on July 28, 1951 in Long Beach, California to Mary Marguerite (DeNovo) and Dr. Claire Arnold Varven. She attended Downey High School and California State University at Fullerton. After obtaining her teaching credential, she taught grades 1-3 for many years with the Long Beach Unified School District. She was especially talented at teaching shy children and slow learners and they flourished under her care.
Some of the things she enjoyed alone and with her friends were rabbits, purple, walking, music and healing.
Ellie was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Aidells; mother, Marguerite Varven; sister, Jean Stinson; and several pet rabbits. In addition to her rabbits, Beanie and Mick, Ellie is survived by her boyfriend, Carl; father, Claire Varven; sister, Jan Varven; sister Jean's husband, Craig Stinson, and their children Miranda and Russell.
Donations in Ellie's honor may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, www.bestfriends.org, (435)644-2001.
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 27, 2013