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Ellen Gordon Pearlman Died on November 22, 2012, of breast cancer. Born in 1946, Ellen was deeply and eternally devoted to her family and to her friends. She was as insightful and empathetic a woman as any of us ever met. She will be remembered always by her husband, Dan Pearlman; her son, James Pearlman, his wife, Suzanne, and Ellen's beloved grandchildren, J.J. and Daniel Pearlman; by her daughter, Liz Pearlman Salganek and Liz's husband, Luke; by Ellen's brother-in-law, Steve Pearlman, his wife, Kathy, and their son, Jesse; Ellen's mother, Norma Gordon; her sister, Vicky Broadus and Vicky's children: Matt, Tory and Joe; her sister-in-law, Leslie Pearlman and Leslie's husband, David, and her children: Eva and Carrie; Ellen's dear aunt, Peggy Lazarus; and her cousins: John, Kathy, David, Liz and Ginny Lazarus and their families; and her cousins, Bill Elliott and Jane Morrison and their families. Ellen also had more extended family, living from Australia to Brazil, and traveled the world as a child with her parents. Ellen went to Oberlin College and then became a children's librarian in 1973, delighting and inspiring many hundreds of school children for ten years, with her beautiful library rooms and storytelling in Maryland and New Jersey. After moving to New Mexico in 1983, Ellen began a second career as a psychotherapist. She felt privileged to be allowed into the inner lives of her many many clients over the next twenty plus years, clients who she loved and tried to help reach their own goals in life. She designed and created a spectacularly beautiful home and garden in Santa Fe. But of all the roles she played in her life, the most rewarding, she always said, was that of being a mother and a grandmother. Ellen was, as she remarked a few days before her death, very sorry she had to go, but she knew she would live on in the hearts of those she had touched. A memorial will be held in January, 2013. Those who are not already in touch with the family by phone or email can send their email addresses, after December 17, 2012, to drpamburnham@gmail.com, and will then get notice by email of the time and place for the memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen's honor may be made to the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, at www.ndi-nm.org.

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2012.
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November 20, 2013
It will be a year this coming Friday since we lost you, and I still miss you every day.
December 4, 2012
Chimayo NM November 26, 2012
Dan Pearlman
November 29, 2012
My sincere deepest sympathy and prayers are with you James and your family
Doug Nava
November 28, 2012
Ellen & I became friends at Northwestern H.S. (MD). We were in same U.S. History class. Ellen was a serious student who showed compassion when we talked about immigration. I do miss her & send love & peace to Dan. Elaine B.
Elaine Blyler
November 27, 2012
Dear Dan and family, I'm soo sorry about Ellen's death. I will light a candle at the Santuario de Chimayo for all of you. May God console and bless you.
Marcella(secretary at AG'S office) Garduno
November 27, 2012
Our deepest condolences for you Coach Pearlman and the Pearlman family.

John and Maggie Jaramillo
November 26, 2012
Ellen was our dear friend for over forty years, and we miss her terribly, but her spirit lives on in her husband, her children and her grandchildren. Debbie & Andy Ward
November 26, 2012
A moment in time captured in one of Dan's photos, an afternoon near Durango, her face shines from our wall. All we shared goes forward in our memory and stories.
November 26, 2012
to the whole pearlman family, my prayers.
roland trujillo
November 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you James, as well as your entire family. My heart goes out to you all.
Stacie Stearns-Gabert
November 25, 2012
I miss ellen and our lattes and chocolate. Jacqueline Santa Fe, nm
November 25, 2012
Thank you for your gentle love and guidance with all those who were hurt and broken.
Reece Dawson
November 25, 2012
Ellen was a great soul. Compassionate, loving, helpful and insightful. My thoughts and condolences go to her family who she adored.
Susanne Jordan
November 25, 2012
My sincerest condolences to James and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Carol Wulff
November 25, 2012
I am deeply saddened by Ellen's passing. She touched the lives of many and my heartfelt condolences go out to Dan, Lizzie and Jamie.
Joan Kessler
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