Elizabeth Pullen Ellett


Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Former Juneau resident Elizabeth Pullen Ellett, 95, died June 5, 2006, in Denver.

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She was born Sept. 12, 1910, in Juneau, to Winfield Scott Pullen and Valeria Bachman (Martin) Pullen. Her father ran Alaska Electric Light & Power after traveling to Alaska from Maine, via the Isthmus of Panama, in 1904. Her mother was a licensed nurse. Elizabeth Pullen graduated from Juneau High School in 1928, attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., and graduated from the University of Washington in 1932, where she pledged Tri Delta. In 1931 in Seattle, accompanied by former Alaska Gov. George Parks, she christened the ship North Star with Arctic water.

She married Emerson Skinner Ellett in 1936 and lived in Denver for the remainder of her years. She volunteered for the Red Cross; Spalding Rehabilitation for 25 years, acting as president in 1968 and 1973; St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, as a member of its Commission on Aging; St. Martha's Guild, as the Neighborly Hour's program planner for 35 years; and Steele School, where she helped young readers until age 90. She was a member of the Fortnightly Club, Glenelk Association and University Club. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, environmental organizations and the Gastineau Humane Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Winfield Pullen; and daughter, Valerie Huston.

She is survived by her son, Emerson Ellett, of Ocean, N.J.; daughter, Mary Stern, of Allenspark, Colo.; eight grand children and seven great- grandchildren.

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