It is with profound sadness and overwhelming grief that we announce the passing of our dear wife and mother, Ellen Clower. Surrounded by her loving family, Ellen passed peacefully away at her home in Fox Harbour on January 13, 2023 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
Ellen is predeceased by her son, Kenneth; parents, Ellen and James Spurvey; mother-in-law, Marjorie Clower; brothers, Raymond, Leonard, Richard, Adrian, John Thomas, Michael; sister, Honorah; nephew Thomas McLaughlin, and niece Nora Spurvey- Morrisey.
Ellen leaves with fond and loving memories, her husband of 47 years, Terry, her daughter Kerri (Steve), grandsons Nicholas (Haley), Michael and their mother Melanie Hendsbee; great grandson, David Monty; father-in-law, Kenneth H. Clower; brothers, Albert (Clare), Francis (Ruby), Kevin, Edwin; Gerard (Madeline). sister, Rosemary Wells ; sisters -in-law; Bonnie Hardegree (Bill), Sharon Lomineck (Benny), Florence Spurvey ,Carmelita Hefford, special friends Carl and Glenda Barnett. and a large circle of nieces, nephews and friends.
We extend humbled thanks to her compassionate care team; Dr. Kara Lang, and the nurses at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre who empowered her to take her journey this far.
Ellen was the totality of a living being. She was the essence of goodness and grace in how she lived and loved, and she loved large. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a doting grandmother, a fun-loving aunt, and a loyal friend. She loved fiercely and her love knew no bounds. With a selfless heart, she gave of herself to friends and family and anyone in need. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she was the first to volunteer her time and effort to ease the burden of others.
Ellen’s seemingly impenetrable exterior was no match for the kindness, love and generosity that embodied her soul. She loved all living creatures and provided for them whether she owned them or not. Open and honest to a fault, Ellen was a social person with a strong personality. She loved to joke and tell stories and her charisma attracted a diverse peer group the world over. Children were especially drawn to her youthful enthusiasm and loved to engage her in boisterous play. Her presence commanded a sense of comfort and acceptance – her heart and her door always
Ellen was a “jack of all trades” and master of all. It was not uncommon to see her take on plumbing and heating, carpentry, mechanical and electrical work. She was a great cook and she enjoyed crafting, fishing, and sewing. A coveted athlete in her day, she enjoyed softball and a great game of golf. A family friend said Ellen was the “only woman known to be able to put a motor in a car in the morning, sew a dress in the evening, and bake a cake in between.”
Never one to back away from a challenge, she took on her cancer diagnosis with unparalleled grace and tenacity. She wasn’t about to let this dreaded disease define who she was, and she lived her life on her own terms. 69 years on her own terms…well-loved and well lived.
Arrangements entrusted to Coombs Funeral Home, Placentia. Visitation to take place on Sunday, January 15, 2023, 6-9 pm, and Monday, January,16: 10 am -9 pm.
Leaving Coombs Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 16, 2023 @ 10:00
to proceed to the Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Inurnment Tuesday, January 16, 2023 Fox Harbour Cemetery.
~Nothing can ever take away a love the heart holds dear~