Bernice "Binnie" Ellis

Bernice Ellis

DOVER - Bernice "Binnie" Ellis, 88, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas morning 2012, returning to the arms of Henry, her loving husband of 67 years, who predeceased her by 22 months.

Born Aug. 23, 1924, in Hartford, Conn., to Eva and Walter Johnson, Binnie was their vivacious, youngest daughter, who met "Hank" when both were still in high school, and was paired with him by their ballroom dance instructor the summer before he left for college.

Binnie enjoyed the flirtatious attentions of many young men while Henry attended Brown, gleefully remembering she was "a Dartmouth girl way before women were officially admitted."

Following high school she moved to NYC, becoming a popular photographer's model with the prestigious John Robert Powers Agency.

Romance rekindled just before Hank attended radar school at Bowdoin as a naval officer, and Binnie found herself swept aboard the train to Maine - refusing to get off again, "even at New Haven!" They married almost immediately in the college chapel.

Binnie continued modeling for the Hartford Courant while Hank served aboard the USS Augusta during World War II. When they got to settle down, she became a mother, while he rose up the ranks of PSNH.

She enjoyed a brief career as a radio personality for WKNE (Keene) and other New England stations, enlarging her public persona by hosting the breakthrough television talk program "Viewpoint" on WGAN/Portland, later called "The Binnie Ellis Show."

Binnie and Hank thoroughly enjoyed their retirement in Dover, building a home next door to their dearest friends (Hugh and Joan Tuttle), sailing along the Eastern seaboard, and motor-homing the lower 48 states.

She'll be missed by her loving son "Chip" of Honolulu, daughter-in-law Xiu, daughter Cynthia (who returned from California in 2008 to care for and keep them at home), and five grandchildren - Richard, Becky, Eric, Dylan and Lucas.

Celebrate her life with gardens of flowers, purchase the work of local craft-artists, or contribute to The Moore Center, 195 McGregor Street, Unit 400, Manchester, N.H., 03102.

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Published in Fosters from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18, 2013