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August 25, 1836,January 17, 1927

To all of whose privilege it was to know Cousin Ellen the world is a less
homelike place since she is in it no longer; we of the Association who were
close to her through our lifetime can hardly realize that never again will
her welcoming smile, her cordial greeting give its accustomed flavor to our

Among the many and varied and true tributes paid to Cousin Ellen when we
gathered for our final farewell to our friend, one brief sentence quoted
from her own lips, explained in large part her wide and potent influence;
within a year she had said to a pupil of "lang syne": - "I probably shall
not be here long, but I still find life interesting"! Her interest, her
sympathetic, friendly interest in all the multitude of girls who came under
her care gave her a hold on them, made her a power for good in their lives
long after the relation of pupil to teacher had been outgrown. Genuine
friendship grew up to take the place of that relation, and all of us who
called her "Cousin Ellen" knew that her loyalty to her friends was unchanging.

In a very real sense she was an educator, though what she gave us came to
us very largely outside of the school room and the school curriculum.
Long before nature study became an integral part of every child's instruction
she was training her girls, during walks in the glamorous autumn days,
or among the dainty flowers of spring, in the woods and fields and in our
garden beds to love all growing plants, to know something of their relation
to each other.

By reading us good books, and by the telling of stories, at which she was
an adept, she fostered our taste for worth while literature, and made much
of it familiar to us. With unfailing patience she taught our awkward fingers
the way of handiwork; by her example showing us the beauty of putting
the good and the happiness of others before our own. She was interested
in us and we knew it.

As pupil, as fellow-teacher, as traveling companion, as hostess as guest,
as close friend, I have perhaps, known as many phases of her character as
any other person, and in every relation it was a pleasure and a benefit to
feel that it was my right to call her friend.

She had a genius for friendship, and she won to herself the best that her
friends had to give in answer to what she gave to them, -herself.

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