HUBBARDSTON- Ellen Mowrey,80, passed away on June 15, 2021 in Holden Rehab and Nursing Center after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer for over 12 years. She is predeceased by her husband of 18 years Chet Mowrey, grandsons Ryan and Mickael, son-in-law Bill MacWilliams and her beloved parents Tom and Rita Moroney.
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She is survived by her siblings, Marnie Brennan and her husband Tom of Anchorage, AK, Robert Moroney and his wife Nancy of Falmouth, MA, and Thomas Moroney of Liberty, SC. She is also survived by her children and their spouses Beth Kelly, and husband Joe, Lynne Franciose, Robert Jette, Susan MacWilliams, Brian Jette and wife Tracy, Eric Jette and wife Emmanuelle, Karen Godfrey and husband Mark. She will be dearly missed by grandchildren Samantha, Graham and Sam, Hannah and Colin, Ben and Emily, Tyler and Harry, Remy and Stephan, Tanner, Evan and Henry as well as great grandchildren Angelina, Joseph and Donavyn.
A champion of the less fortunate, Ellen and family took in many a wayward soul who needed a bed (or more often a floor!) and nourishment. An early advocate of the Civil Rights and Catholic Worker movements as well as a follower of non-traditional “hippie” priest Bernie Gilgun, Ellen was passionate in her feeding the mouths and souls of many in her weekly post-Mass meals at the House of Ammon.
As a single mother with seven children in the mid 70’s, Ellen went back to school, became an apprentice baker and eventually became Food Service Director of the Wachusett Regional School District. With the help of a dedicated staff, she introduced an innovative and nutritious menu that not only was profitable but became the model for many school districts in Massachusetts. Ellen was also passionate in providing opportunity to special needs students in her kitchens, something she was immensely proud of long after her retirement.
An expert baker of delicious desserts and pastry, amazing French bread, and of course her famous pizza, no visitor went away hungry. Ellen loved all things culinary, folk music, her bird feeders as well as her amazing flower garden. And, to the end, always had fresh cut flowers in her room. The appreciation she had for natural beauty, especially her love of the ocean, lives in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and all who knew her.
Memorial calling hours for Ellen will be held on Saturday,June 26,2021 from 10:30AM- 12:30PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre. The funeral service will follow at 12:30PM in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to Mustard Seed Catholic Worker 93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01609.For an online tribute and guestbook please visit:Pillsburyfuneralhome.com