Ellen Driscoll

Obituary of Ellen Driscoll

Ellen Murphy Driscoll, 97, wife of the late Thomas F. Driscoll, died Sunday, September 2, 2007 at the John Clarke Nursing Center, Middletown, where she had resided since January 2001. She was born in Newport, RI on October 24, 1909, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Abby Shea Murphy, sister of the late Mary A. Murphy and the late Thomas J. Murphy Jr. Ellen is survived by her son Philip T. Driscoll and his wife Gen of Portsmouth, and her daughter Margaret Driscoll Callen and her husband Merrill of Mooresville, NC, five grand-daughters, five great grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, and one grand niece. A 1927 graduate of Rogers High School, Ellen attended Wheelock College in Boston, and graduated from the Elliot Pearson School of Tufts University. During her career in early childhood education, she held teaching positions in the Newport School System, at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA, at Fitchburg MA State Teachers College, and was on the original staff of the Meeting Street School in Providence. She also was the State Supervisor of WPA Nursery Schools in Rhode Island, and a former Board Member of Crippled Children and Adults of RI, the Elliott Pearson School and of the Nina Lynette Home Newport. During her almost 98-year lifetime, Ellen was always surrounded by wonderful friends: people who fondly remember her as a neighbor in Providence, Newport and Portsmouth, a bridge partner, swimming at the YMCA or at Third Beach, people for whom she baked cookies every year at Christmas, and above all, as an adoring grandmother and great-grandmother. In her latest years, nothing brought her so much pleasure as visits from great-grandsons Max, Matthew, Joshua and Connor, and great-granddaughter Kayla . A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 10:00am, at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. A Memorial Mass will follow at St. Lucy's Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ellen's memory to The Meeting Street School, 1000 Eddy Street, Providence RI, 02905.
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