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Barbara “Babs” Kinne Ellwood H’63 and former art teacher
Daughter Emily Wyner sent the following obituary and photo:
On Sunday, December 11, 2016, Barbara Kinne Ellwood died peacefully in Naples, Florida after a ten year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was known as Babs by her family and friends, of which she had many.
Born in 1944 in Washington, D.C. to Janet and McKnight Kinne, Babs spent her formative years in Middletown, Ohio where her father was an executive with Armco Steel. She graduated from Hillsdale School for Girls in Cincinnati, Ohio and from Bennett College in Millbrook, New York. After a period of study in Paris, France, she returned to Cincinnati where she worked as an interior designer at Shillito’s Department Store in downtown Cincinnati. Babs also taught Art and Art History at Hillsdale School.
In 1968, Babs married John Ellwood in Middletown, Ohio. They shared a love of travel, a love of dancing and the penchant for remodeling old houses. After several moves up and down the East Coast, they settled in Winnetka, Illinois in 1977. There Babs found the ultimate remodeling challenge in the complete renovation of an historic 1858 house. Babs provided the vision, the design skill and most of the hard work that transformed a dilapidated house into a beautiful home, where she and her family lived for more than thirty years.
In addition to being a vivacious and loving soul, Babs had a keen eye for aesthetics and boundless energy that enabled her to create beauty in all aspects of her life, from her historic house in Winnetka, to elegant parties and beautiful flower arrangements. She was a long time member of the Winnetka Garden Guild – having received two Awards of Recognition from the Garden Club of America. Babs also served for eight years on the Ravinia Woman’s Board in Highland Park, Illinois and she volunteered for countless other organizations including Boy and Girl Scouts, PTA and The Church of the Holy Comforter.
A successful entrepreneur, Babs founded the company, Babsco, where for twenty-five years she designed and manufactured women’s hand bags made of woven ribbon. These hand bags were sold in exclusive ladies apparel stores throughout the United States, and they were featured in elite publications such as Esquire.
Most importantly, Babs loved and was beloved by a great many friends every where she lived, from Boston, Massachusetts…to Baltimore, Maryland… to Winnetka, Illinois… to Naples, Florida where she and John retired. She was a sweet, sunny, wonderful person. She was also an exceptional dancer – she and John were always the first couple on the dance floor.
Babs is survived by her Husband, John, and three children, John H. Ellwood Jr. of Portland , Oregon, Emily E. Wyner of Kenilworth, Illinois and Dr. Paige P.E. Keller of Winnetka, Illinois and by her two grandchildren, Catherine Wyner and William Wyner. She is survived by her children’s spouses whom she considered to be her children too; Dr. Marsha Ellwood, Christopher Wyner and William Keller. She is also survived by her sisters, Melissa Norton and Julia Whittaker and her husband, David Whittaker, all of Cincinnati, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2:00 pm, at The Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Babs’ name at the following Alzheimer’s Association web site: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?pxfid=382400&pg=fund&fr_id=1060
Ann Vail Roberts C’46
Classmate Chastine Hardy Watters (New Orleans, LA) sent the following obituary: “Ann Vail Roberts, a social worker, painter, and mother of five, died on November 22 at her Lake Forest home after a brief illness. She was 88 years old. Her husband, Bill, predeceased her in 2006.
Ann Roberts was born on July 30, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH, the only daughter of Elizabeth Yeiser and Derrick Tilton Vail, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. She attended the College Preparatory School for Girls in Cincinnati and went on to Smith College in 1946. After spending her junior year in Paris – a life-changing event – she graduated from Smith in 1950.
She moved to Chicago and became a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago, primarily taking children around the museum on tours. In 1953, she spent four months traveling around the Middle East with two friends.
She went on to work at the Institute of International Education in New York from 1954-1957, where she helped manage study abroad programs for students.
In 1957, she married William John Roberts, a widower, and became the mother of two young girls, Laura and Anne. Besides caring for her new family, she became involved with several community organizations and took up sculpture as a hobby, studying with a well-known local artist named Abbott Pattison. The family moved to Lake Forest, IL in 1963, by which point they had two more daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. They adopted a son, Michael, in 1972. She and her husband traveled extensively, and loved it.
Ann continued her volunteer work at the First Presbyterian church and enrolled in the Loyola School of Social Work in Chicago in 1977. After obtaining her MSW degree in 1979, she worked in the Special Education District of Lake County for 12 years.
She retired in 1992 and devoted her time to community service and painting, working in the studio of Alain Gavin, a well-known Evanston artist. She moved to Lake Forest Place with her husband in 1998, where she continued to volunteer in many capacities and paint. She helped run an art class and a bridge group, served on several committees, and wrote for the Oak Leaf. She resided at Lake Forest Place for 16 years.
Ann is survived by her four daughters and son; two grandsons and five granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place at 4:30 pm on December 8 at Lake Forest Place in the Vail room. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.”
Elizabeth Curry Marble ’77
Classmate Marsha Williams sent the following obituary and photo: “Elizabeth Marble died peacefully in her home on Sept. 12, 2016, after a well-fought battle with breast cancer. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, though she spent the summers with her family in Christmas Cove, Maine. Elizabeth attended Seven Hills School throughout her childhood, beginning with kindergarten at Lotspeich, all the way to her high school graduation in 1977. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Miami University (Ohio), and then moved to Boston where she completed her Master’s degree at Leslie University.
It’s been said that there are two kinds of people in this world – gardeners and flowers. Elizabeth Marble was most certainly a gardener. She thrived on giving to others, nurturing children, and championing causes that aim to make the world a better place. So early childhood education was a natural and perfect fit for her. She worked at Beacon Hill Nursery School, and then Magic Garden Children’s Center in Lincoln, MA. before becoming a Supervisor at Head Start, and the school director at Head Start in Charlestown, MA. From there she joined Action for Community Development in Boston, where she was the Director of the Resource and Referral program for the city of Boston.
It was in Boston that she met Gary Ciocci, and they married in Maine in September of 1995. Elizabeth took a few years off from teaching after their daughter, Madeline, was born, and then returned to the classroom to teach second grade at The Well School in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Elizabeth thoroughly loved teaching children, and many of the relationships she built as a teacher are still celebrated decades later.
Elizabeth was active in the ConVal Parent Advisory Council, Coontoocook Valley Visual and Performing Arts-Fill the Void, and Susan G Komen Breast Cancer events. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, skiing, sailing, swimming, playing in leaves, snowstorms, museums, travel, and eating Graeter’s Ice Cream!
Elizabeth leaves behind her husband Gary Ciocci, and daughter Madeline Ciocci; her sisters Emily Marble (brother-in-law Philip Chester and niece Zoe) and Susan Mehlhorn (brother-in-law Paul Mehlhorn, niece Avery and nephew Keegan); her in-laws Henry and Dorothy Ciocci, and Ken and Terri Ciocci; and the many friends from her Cincinnati, Well School, Peterborough, and Christmas Cove “families.” True to her gardener spirit, Elizabeth also chose to leave her body to the oncology researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, so they might advance their knowledge and understanding about the onset, recurrence, and treatment of breast cancer.”