Ellie Aidells, 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 taught grades 1-3 for many years with the Long Beach Unified School District. 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; niece and nephew, Miranda and Russell. Donations in Ellie's honor may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, www.bestfriends.org, (435) 644-2001. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 26, 2013