DeKALB – M. Ellen Wells, 70, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, of complications resulting from treatment for a COPD-induced hospitalization.|
Born March 10, 1943, in Scottsburg, Ind., the daughter of Max E. and Margaret (Strouse) Smith, Ellen attended Scottsburg and Kokomo schools. She married Emerson A. Wells on Nov. 12, 1960, in Scottsburg.
Ellen's life was proof that "dynamite comes in a small package." She was very active in every community she lived in: president of the Crawfordsville, Ind., Jayshees at age 21; a Cub Scout den mother in Marshalltown, Iowa; establishing a teen center in St. Peter, Minn.; a volunteer for the Rape Crises Center in Rochester, Minn.; coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at the Ben Gordon Center in DeKalb; the first victim/witness assistant in the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office; board member of DeKalb County Hospice and volunteer for Hospice and Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
She also had a very green thumb and worked in various floral shops and greenhouses around the country. A lot of her community and gardening activity had to cease when she suffered a brain aneurysm in 1998 and lost memory of how to do the things she loved. But she never lost her quick smile and cheerful outlook. She was a pleasure to be around, even when one knew she was suffering.
Ellen was always enthusiastically supportive of her loving husband, Emerson, and their sons, Ed (Broni) of Norwood, Colo., and Eric (Sandy) of Hayden, Colo., who all survive her. Also surviving are her mother, Margaret Smith of Kokomo, Ind.; granddaughter, Allison Maddux, and grandson, Anthony Maddux, of Hayden; uncle, Dr. John (Lois) Strouse of Muncie, Ind.; aunt, Rena Strouse of Bee Springs, Ky.; brother-in-law, Ivan (Beulah) Wells of Scottsburg; sister-in-law, Estel Daniel of Prairieville, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her father, Max Smith, and sisters, Elaine Smith and Edith Keene, all of Kokomo; brother-in-law, the Rev. Melvin Daniel of Prairieville; and several aunts and uncles.
Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Chang and the Kishwaukee Community Hospital staff are thanked by the family for extending Ellen's life twice in her last few years and making every effort for a third time.
The family requests that memorials on Ellen's behalf be made to the donor's choice of charity or to DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115; visit dekalbcountyhospice.org for information.
At a later date, an informal Celebration of Life will be held to remember and honor the life and contributions of this fantastic daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend to all, and community contributor.
For information, to sign the guest book or leave thoughts, visit AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, at 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2013