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Ellen Sarvis

October 15, 1939 — November 4, 2022

Ellen Watson Sarvis, age 83, passed away in Copley OH on November 4, 2022. Ellen was born in Jersey City NJ to James and Isabelle (MacArthur) Watson. In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters: James, Daniel, Raymond, John, Catherine McWilliam, William, Isabelle Jocz, and Edmond. A first-generation American, Ellen was incredibly proud of her Scottish heritage as her parents immigrated to the United States shortly after the First World War.

Ellen is survived by Harry, her loving husband of 62 years, and her four children; Harry (Barb), Kathy (Tab) Brewster, Suzanne (Paul) Horning, and Raymond. Ellen also leaves behind her grandchildren: Robyn, Katelynn, Alex, Tori, Ian, Annie, Izzy, Luke, Caroline, Kit, Olivia, and Max.

Ellen grew up in Kearny NJ and was a 1957 graduate of Kearny High School, where she would meet her future husband. Ellen and her family moved to Akron in 1974. Ellen attended the University of Akron, earning both her baccalaureate and master's degrees with honors in education. Ellen then taught in the Akron Public Schools district for 27 years before retiring in 2005.

Ellen's commitment to family was unconditional and unshakable; being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother meant everything to her. Ellen loved the ocean, particularly relishing family vacations at Folly Beach SC. She was a longtime member of Christ Woodland UMC.

Per Ellen's request, no service will be held. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

If desired, donations can be made in Ellen's name to the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at

The family wishes to thank the Copley Health Center and the Compassionate Care Hospice for their help in caring for Ellen these last few months.

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