Ellen Marie Wolfe

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Ellen Marie Wolfe
Nov. 22, 1947 - Mar. 8, 2014
Macon, GA- Ellen loved to dance. Not necessarily choreographed steps - though she did a mean electric slide - but a kind of eyes-closed, arms-outstretched, free-flowing grooving to the music (likely a hold-over from her hippie days growing up outside Chicago, Illinois). Ellen was a free spirit and was known for asking "probing questions" - those questions that everyone had on their minds but were too afraid to ask. While this might have made for some awkward moments, it also made Ellen a confidante to numerous friends and co-workers. Indeed, while Ellen had only one biological daughter, she was an unofficial "mom" and trusted friend to countless others, meeting people where they were without judgment.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ellen was the oldest of three children. Her desire to care for others initially led Ellen to study nursing, but her love of the stage eventually led to a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama from Western Illinois University in 1969. She paid her way through school in part by serving as an RA in the dorms and spent time directing plays for the Oakton Community College Theater. Upon moving to Macon, Georgia in 1972, Ellen auditioned for Macon Little Theater, playing Viola in the 1973 production of Twelfth Night. This would be the first of many years of involvement in the arts in Macon, sewing costumes and managing props at MLT and serving as stage manager, props mistress, and costume assistant in Macon's local production of the Nutcracker ballet.
Ellen met her husband, Ronald James Wolfe, in 1973 at the Bibb Company, a textile firm in Macon. There Ellen and Ron worked together, learning the ways of punch cards and mainframe computers in the early days of the information technology industry. Ellen and Ron married in 1975 in Warner Robins, GA in a small ceremony. Ellen wore a mini-dress with green and yellow flowers while Ron sported a brown leisure suit with brown and white two-tone bucks. Once married, Ellen (raised Catholic) and Ron (raised Southern Baptist) began the search for a church home. They found a welcoming community at Northminster Presbyterian Church, where they soon became members. Serving as Elders in the church, as well as youth group leaders and Sunday school teachers, NPC became a central part of Ellen and Ron's life in Macon. Ellen sang joyfully and with gusto in the church choir.
In 1999, Ellen became one of the first employees in GEICO's new information technology office in Macon. As an IT manager, Ellen utilized not only her intellectual understanding of programming and systems management, but her personal skills in mentoring and encouraging employees. She cared for her team members not just as co-workers but as people, providing a listening ear and supportive presence. Ellen also enjoyed livening up the workplace, coaxing even fellow managers to let loose with "Minute To Win It" games.
In addition to their church and work families, Ron and Ellen made friends playing couples and singles bridge. Affectionately known among family and friends as "The Bridge Ladies," Ellen was one of eight women who have played together for over 30 years. The group became as much part of the Wolfe family as any blood relative and supported Ellen in loving and selfless ways during her battle with breast cancer. Ellen eagerly anticipated the bridge group's annual beach trip, and enjoyed digging her toes into the sand and sipping a gin and tonic during happy hour on the beach. Ellen also loved (in no particular order) listening to Janis Joplin, drinking good wine with friends, shopping for shoes, fiddling with her newest phone, reading mysteries, and dancing whenever the spirit moved her.
Family and friends continue to be inspired by Ellen's zeal for life, unending encouragement, fierce determination and generous, gracious love. We mourn her passing, but rejoice that she now knows, in full, the full and abundant life she practiced - with great success - when she was here with us. Ellen is survived by her husband, Ron, of Macon; daughter, Amy Marie Sawyer and son-in-law John Sawyer of Manchester, NH; brother, Jerry Trachsler of Crystal Lake, IL, and beloved in-laws, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Ellen's life will take place Saturday, March 22nd at 2:00pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the Northminster Presbyterian Church endowment or .

Published in The Telegraph on Mar. 13, 2014
Ellen Wolfe
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