Ellen Pearl McDermott, the fifth of eight children, was born Jan 14, 1914, to William and Mary Alvina (Schmidt) McDermott on a farm near Anselmo, Custer County, NE. She passed away on November 11, 2005, in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 91. Her parents and her siblings Edward, Joseph, Raymond, Leo, Harold, Verla, and Bill preceded Ellen in death. A cousin, Clara Drew of Omaha, as well as the following nieces and nephews and their families, survive her: Jim (Maxine) McDermott of Colorado Springs, CO; Peg Kenoyer of Broomfield, CO; Pat McDermott of Westminster, CO; Larry (Carmel) McDermott of Greeley, CO; Tim (Martha) McDermott of Bozeman, MT; Connie West of Bloomington, IL; Richard (Cheryl) McDermott of Houston, TX; Ann McDermott of Fredrick, MD; Jerry (Vicki) Wicks of Canistota, SD; Kathryn (Charles) Murrin, Mary Lou (Don) Loeffelbein, Ruth McDermott, Lois Weidner, and Ron McDermott, all of Omaha; Bill McDermott of North Platte, NE; Roger (Angela) McDermott of Kearney, NE; Lois (Jack) Schmitz of Clarkson, NE; LeeAnn McDermott of Hershey, NE; Fr. Mike McDermott, Gene (Bev) McDermott, Liz (Pete) Kaufman, Hank (Elsa) McDermott, Bonnie Davidson, and Joe (Carolyn) Wicks, all of Grand Island, NE. Ellen graduated from Anselmo HS in 1932 and taught in local rural schools after attending college for one year. She worked at various jobs to include those at the Lincoln Air Base and the B29 Modification Plant in Denver until the end of WWII. After working for the Veteran's Administration in Lincoln and Omaha, she returned to school teaching in Raymond, Hyannis, Platte Center, McCook, and Broken Bow, NE. Ellen had continued classes at the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1958 with a BA Degree in Education. Ellen, along with her brother and mother, moved from Broken Bow to Colorado Springs in 1959. She taught in Colorado Springs elementary schools (Bristol and Edison) until her retirement in 1979. Ellen was an outstanding teacher who expected and received positive results from her students. Ellen enjoyed many trips with friends and family that were high points of her life. She relished social time with her friends and family – telling stories and sharing memories. She was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, the St. Gerard and St. Anne Church Circles, the honorary educator sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, and A&O, a retired teachers group. Ellen, a Cursillista, had a deep spiritual faith and approached each day with a smile and good humor. She maintained a positive attitude and kept in touch with her family and friends. A visitation will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, November 15, with at the "America The Beautiful" Chapel of Roses with rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Entombment will occur at the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Alcove of Memories. Memorials may be made in Ellen's memory to the Marian House Soup Kitchen, 14 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
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Published by The Gazette on Nov. 15, 2005.