Elizabeth P. Ellis, 93, of Old Saybrook, passed away at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on March 18. Elizabeth “Betty” was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on Jan. 5, 1929, to the late Wendell and Dorothy Burr. Betty was predeceased by her brother Richard Burr. She is survived by her brother Kenneth Burr. Betty is also survived by her son Bruce K. Ellis and his partner James E. Pollowitz, her daughter Beverly J. Loukas, grandsons Jason and Shane Loukas, and great-grandson James Loukas.
After Baltimore, Betty and family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, where she graduated from high school. Betty spent many summers at their family home at Groton Long Point, where she enjoyed sailboat racing, swimming, and various summer activities. Betty was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, earning a bachelor of science degree with a focus on medical technology. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. During her college years, she met and later married John. G. Ellis, loving spouse of 69 years. After college, the couple moved to Chicago, Illinois. They later moved to Castleton, New York, and then to their final home in Old Saybrook.
Betty thrived in her role as a mother, spouse, and homemaker. She was an avid gardener with an emphasis on growing a variety of vegetables and fruit-producing plants as well as flowers. Betty’s love of reading included fostering her knowledge about financial matters and investing. As a child, Betty was an athlete and won numerous trophies in swimming and running competitions. Her interest in athletics was lifelong, and she was a fan of professional sports teams, especially those from Boston.
A graveside service was held in March 22 at the Riverside Cemetery, Old Saybrook. To share a memory of Betty or send condolences, please visit www.rwwfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, 647 Horse Hill Road, Westbrook CT 06498, would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements were in the care of the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.