Hazel E. Ellis

Hazel Evelyn Ellis passed on from this life in comfort and peace after a short illness. Her two sons, Gene (Chipper) Ellis of Westbrook, and James (Jim) Ellis of Newark, Del. were with her in the last hours.

She was born Hazel Evelyn Morton at Elm Dale Farm in Edes Falls, the youngest of Ansel and Ola Morton’s four children. Educated at the Edes Falls Elementary School, she graduated from Casco High School in 1941. After jobs at the Thomas Lodge in South Casco and a factory in Westbrook, she went to Connecticut to work in a defense plant making parts for aircraft radios in the war effort.

On their lunch break in May, 1945, she married Ashley Ellis of Bolsters Mills, and after the war ended they returned there to make a home and start a family. At her mother's passing in 1956 the family, now four, moved back to Elm Dale Farm and the heart of her family. After raising her sons and at Ashley’s retirement she began a 25-year career working at Lighthouse Realty on the causeway in Naples. In those years she and Ashley became avid square dancers. They also bicycled far and wide for fun and exercise.

When Ashley passed on in 2000 she left Elm Dale Farm for the last time to move closer to Chipper in Westbrook. At age 77 she put her bicycle away and began to walk the area around her new home, rain or shine, in heat or cold and made many new friends along the way. She marveled at a flock of 30 or more wild turkeys that walked daily through her front lawn and could stand in her driveway in the morning as they flew down out of their nesting trees all around her. She came to understand that if you look for it, even a little, every day is an adventure. Her last year was spent at the Inn at Village Square in Gorham.

She was predeceased by her husband Ashley, sister Mona Webber, and brother Charles (Buster) Morton; and is survived by her brother, James (Coot) Morton, sisters-in-law, Evelyn Morton, Lorraine Morton, and Patricia Welch, her sons, Gene and wife Deborah, and James and wife Mary Anne, and her grandchildren, Jonathan and Kathryn, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of the Inn at Village Square in Gorham and the nurses of 4B in Mercy Hospital, Portland for their loving, respectful care of Hazel in her last months and hours.

In lieu of flowers donations to either the Naples Public Library or Rescue Squad would be appreciated.

There will be a private family gathering at the Edes Falls Cemetery in the summer.

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