Ellen P. Stephens, retired paralegal

January 6, 2014

Ellen P. Stephens, 71, of Dagsboro, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late William H. Jr. and Audrey (Morris) Powell of Princess Anne, Md. Ellen was a graduate of Washington High School and Goldey Beacom Junior College. She was a retired paralegal, last working for the firm of Barbara O’Leary. Ellen enjoyed sailing with her husband on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Caribbean. An avid golfer, she was a former ladies club champion of the Cripple Creek Country Club.

Ellen had a positive and optimistic attitude and had worked hard to recover from a major stroke which occurred Feb. 12, 2011. She and her family were thankful for the friendship and support of neighbors, friends, and members of her high school class of 1960, and in particular the services of her primary caregiver and friend Cherlene Lans.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald L. Stephens, Feb. 10, 2013. Ellen is survived by two brothers, William H. Powell III of Salisbury, Md. and James Morris (Serena) Powell of Manassas, Va.; and nieces and nephews: Audra (Eric) Monk, Amber (Craig) Butler, John (Kendra) Powell and James (Kelli) Powell.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15,  at 11 a. m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View, where friends may call after 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 300, Newark, DE 19713; or Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, 16529 Coastal Hwy., Ste. 116, Lewes, DE 19958, a charity Ellen supported.


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