December 22, 1941
June 9, 2021
Ellen Jane Lary, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend,
passed away on June 9, 2021.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Art and Mary Schauer, and her
brother, Douglas Schauer. She is survived by her brother, Bill Schauer,
sister, Cecily Havens, her husband, Richard Lary, her children, David
Oliver and Susan Oliver Kiley, and her daughter-in-law, Melanie Oliver,
as well as four grandchildren, Ryan and Sara Oliver and Isabella
and Maggie Kiley.
Ellen was born in Buffalo, New York in December 1941. She was the oldest of
four siblings and a student athlete in high school. She graduated from the
University of Michigan with a degree in Education and spent several
years as a teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York as a young
mother of two. When her first marriage ended, she decided to pursue an
advanced degree in engineering at a time when that was not a career
path pursued by many women. She earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering/
Operations Research from Syracuse University, specializing in computer
databases, all the while raising her two children as a divorced, single
woman. She was employed as a researcher by Bell Laboratories in Holmdel,
New Jersey, then moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 to lead an Advanced
Database Development group at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she
met her husband, Richard. She discovered she had a knack for engineering
and business management, in time rising to become Vice President of
Digital's Storage Division, responsible for 700 employees, and growing
business revenue from $1.2 billion per year to $1.8 billion per year in
an 18-month period. She continued as a Vice President at Compaq Computer
Corporation, which acquired Digital, for one year before leaving to
become an industry consultant in the computer storage industry. All the
while, she remained closely connected to her children and grandchildren
and was the "glue" for her extended family, inviting nieces and nephews
to Colorado for skiing.
She will be remembered as an extraordinary friend and mentor to those
she encountered in her life, which included her Puli community and her
art community, having become a potter in her later years, but her true
passion in life was her family. She has been missed every day since she
left this earth and will be missed into the distant future.
A Celebration of Life for Ellen Lary will be held at the Antler's Hotel (4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903) on Saturday, August 14th at 1:00 pm.
Published by The Gazette from Aug. 5 to Aug. 8, 2021.