Ellen McEwen Enoch

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A lady of elegance, who loved her family, friends, flowers and community, Ellen was born in Wichita, KS on April 28, 1928 to Bernice and John D. McEwen. She died August 24 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Judge David W. Enoch; her parents and brother, Owen C. McEwen; and two daughters Jennifer McEwen Enoch and Melinda Enoch.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah Davis (John), son Barton Lewis Enoch (Kellie); grandchildren Justin Davis, Christopher Davis (Lauren), Ryan Hale (Katie), David Hale (Maggie), Stephanie Enoch, BJ Enoch and Suzanne Enoch; and great grandchildren TJ and Kaia Hale, Nora and Elliott Hale, and Charlie Davis.

Ellen's love for Colorado began as a child, when her parents brought her to Green Mountain Falls for summer vacations. When she was older she attended Cheley Camp in Estes Park as a camper and later as a counselor to instruct horseback riding. Her future husband, David Enoch, was also a counselor at Cheley. After a wedding in Wichita on June 22, 1947, Dave and Ellen moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he was attending law school.

The family moved to Colorado Springs in 1952 where David practiced law and Ellen became a very active volunteer in the community. She was a board member of the Colorado Springs Day Nursery, was president of the Law Wives and held various offices in the Junior League. Pursuing her love for horses, Ellen worked on the League's fundraising horse shows held at the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club. She loved volunteering at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, assisting teachers in children's classes and giving lectures in District 11 on art history. She was a PTA officer many times in the Cheyenne Mountain School District, volunteered at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and taught Sunday school at the First Methodist Church. She was a member of the initial Colorado Springs Debutante Committee.

Ellen remained active in Steffen's Dairy, the family business in Wichita, serving on the board for over three decades. She was also instrumental in David's campaigns for District Judge and Congress.

When David was appointed to the Court of Appeals in Denver, Ellen seized the opportunity to finish her college degree begun at Wichita State University before their marriage. She enrolled at Colorado Women's College in Denver and designed her own major in Art History/Studio Art/Philosophy/Religion and graduated in 1981. She also found time to volunteer at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum. She taught the Great Books Program for students in the Denver Public Schools.

The Enochs moved back to Colorado Springs in 1988 and Ellen joined the Advisory Board of the Fine Arts Center and the Broadmoor Garden Club. As a member of the Colonial Dames, she served on the board of the McAllister House Museum and worked on events for the Alzheimer's Assoc. and American Cancer Society.

A woman of deep faith, Ellen was also a student of the world. Travel was her passion, as was her Scottish and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. She instilled in her family a love of learning, a commitment to compassion and an appreciation for all the fun to be had in this world!

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 291 E. Bijou, in Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or the McAllister Foundation, 423 North Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Published in The Gazette on Aug. 27, 2014
Ellen M. Enoch
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