Ellen Jane Lary
1941 - 2021

Ellen Jane

(Schauer) Lary

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.
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Celebration of Life
Antler's Hotel
4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
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I (Tom) first met Ellen, when Barry Rubinson, Mike Riggle and I agreed to hire her as the right person to start an Advanced Database group for DEC in Colorado Springs. She did a outstanding job forming that group and later went on to be the VP of Storage at DEC. What a marvelous and talented woman she was and, of course, she also became the love of Richie Lary's life and a great step-father and step-grandfather to her children . She will greatly missed by all who knew her, especially my wife, Valerie, who shared many of Ellen's attributes and they related with each other very well. I did do an video-recorded oral history of Ellen for the Computer History Museum, which I hope to have published in text and also available for viewing soon. In the meantime, our deepest condolences to Richie and Ellen's family. May she rest in eternal peace ....
Tom and Valerie Burniece
August 13, 2021
Ellen let Diane and I into her life and family and the memories of the great times and off the hook fun are an indelible part of our lives. I will work to remember all the smiles and hugs. Perhaps the collective memories we share will enfold you in the comfort we all wish we could give.
Mark, Diane, Julia, Eric Mrozek
August 13, 2021
Sharon Lewis
August 12, 2021
Laura and Tony
August 11, 2021
It is an honor to have known Ellen. I will always hold her as a positive, truly caring friend wherever she showed up, whether in the work place, at a social gathering or in a conversation. Deep condolences to Richy and Ellen´s family
Sharon Lewis
August 10, 2021
Very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Ellen from the Database group at DEC when I did support. What an AMAZING person. May she Rest In Peace.
Liz Wilcox
August 9, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Ellen was a wonderful person, always caring and fun to be around. May you have many wonderful memories of your life together. With deepest sympathies. Barbara B. E. L. Friedman
Barbara Erlich L. Friedman
August 7, 2021
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