Ellen Glessner Wadsworth
On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Ellen G.
Wadsworth, loving wife and mother of four children passed away at the age
of 86. Ellen was born to Martha and John Glessner, II in Boston, on
December 11, 1933. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, her brother
John Glessner, III of Ipswich, and one of her daughters Sarah Wadsworth of
Sebastopol, CA. She is survived by her husband Oliver Wadsworth, Jr. of
Prides Crossing, her sister Virginia Glessner of Belize, Central America
and her children Oliver, III, Eliza and John and her three grandchildren
Jordan, Cole and Murphy.
In her early years, her parents moved many
times. She first lived in Cambridge, where her father, a professor, taught
at Harvard College. They then went to Iowa City, IA where her father
taught at the University of Iowa then later on to Philadelphia, PA then to
Washington, DC where her family lived while her father served four years
in the Pacific in the Navy. After her father returned from World War II,
the family moved to Littleton, NH to her grandparents' property where she
went to Littleton High School. After a happy year there, the family moved
to Ipswich, where her father began farming Argilla Farm.
Ellen graduated from Garrison Forest School and
Boston University. After a few years in New York City, she came back to
Ipswich where she married Oliver F. Wadsworth, Jr. in 1959 at Argilla
Farm. Soon after, she and her husband moved to Prides Crossing, where they
lived happily and raised four children: Sarah Wadsworth born in 1960,
Oliver Wadsworth born in 1962, Eliza Wadsworth born in 1963 and John
Wadsworth born in 1972.
Raising her children, caring for her family,
working as a home health aide and participating as an active parishioner
of St. John's Church in Beverly Farms were some of Ellenís greatest
pleasures in life. In addition, she enjoyed bird watching, Boston sports,
her plants, ice cream and warm moonlit summer nights on the porch with
known by many in the community as the 'nicest woman I have ever met.' This
sentiment was mutual as she would often say that the many people she cared
for in their houses as a home health aide were some of the 'dearest
people' she had ever met. As a home health aide, she learned a life lesson
to 'just keep going' as she watched her clients experience good times,
hard times and transition. As a truly selfless person in every aspect of
her life, Ellen was happy to put the needs of others before her own.
To continue her legacy of helping others and in
lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. John's Episcopal
Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915 &/or Beverly Hospital, 85
Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915.
Link to her virtual memorial service held
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