57, of Methuen, died on Sunday, at her home. Ellen was born in Southbridge, MA and was raised in Waltham. She was a graduate of Waltham High School and a graduate of Simmons College, Boston. She had worked as a dietician at hospitals in Fitchburg, MA and in Schenectady, NY. More recently, she had worked as a substitute teacher in The Methuen School system. She was a member of First Church Congregational, Methuen. Her family members include her husband, Thomas M. Abbott, her two sons, Edward A. Abbott and Benjamin T. Abbott, and her daughter, Maija I. Abbott, all of Methuen. She leaves her mother, Helmi Salo of Fitchburg, MA, her sister, Laila and her husband Mauri Auvinen of Ashburnham, MA, and many nieces and nephews. Ellen was the daughter of the late Arne Salo. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, METHUEN. Funeral Services will be on Thursday at 10:00 am in First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen, MA. The burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. To send an online condolence and for directions, please visit our website at dewhirstfuneral.com.