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In Memory of
Penelope Susan Ellsworth
March 20, 1951 - November 12, 2020

Saturday, March 20, 2021 2 p.m. at Central College Presbyterian Church

Blendon Central Cemetery

Penelope Susan Ellsworth, age 69, went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2020. Penny and her twin sister Pam were born on March 20, 1951, to Linda and Richard Ellsworth. As children, they and their three siblings had many fun family times especially during the summer on trips across the United States. Penny enjoyed those trips so much that she took her own children and nieces and nephews on memorable camping trips. Penny spent her entire adult life teaching. She loved math and loved her students, providing them with fun and challenging activities like Math Pentathlon and Camp Invention. She was good at seeing the strengths in her students and encouraging them to be problem solvers. Penny also loved the church. She was an active member of Central College Church from the age of 7 until she died. She led youth groups, directed summer camp, and, most importantly, directed the bell choirs. Under her guidance, the choirs participated in worship and festivals, traveled to Scotland, and went on mission trips. Penny also loved her family. She enjoyed planning outings, especially the last few years, so all the nieces and nephews and their children would stay connected. She especially loved her daughters, Anna and Ashley, and loved to talk about them and their accomplishments. Ashley's sons, Chiren and Kaisen, also brought her much joy. Always a dog lover, she became particularly attached to a rescue dog named Kaedyn who became her close companion. Another great joy for Penny was her friends. She relied on them more the last few years and appreciated and enjoyed them immensely. Penny's greatest love was for her Lord. Her Christian faith guided her throughout her life and gave her strength and courage to face the challenges of her illness the last few years. Penny was preceded in death by her grandparents, her mother, Linda Ellsworth, her sister and brother-in-law Beth and Ray Walker, and several dear friends. Penny is survived by her daughters, Anna and Ashley; grandsons, Kaisen and Chiren; father, Richard Ellsworth; twin sister, Pam (Jim) Miller, sister, Jennifer Turick; brother Peter (Sarah) Ellsworth; uncle, Charles Wells; cousin, Karen Ellsworth; nieces and nephews and their children, her church family, and her many loving friends.
The family will share in a private internment. A Celebration of Life will take place on her (and her twin's) birthday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Central College Presbyterian Church.
Gifts in memory of Penny may be made to Central College Christian Academy or the music program at Central College Presbyterian Church.


Sandy and Steve Lee

Nov 15, 2020

To the Ellsworth family: Steve and I are so very sad to hear of Penny's passing. She was such a kind and gentle soul. She was so proud of Anna and Ashley. Steve and I filmed Penny's arrival at the airport the day she and Anna arrived from China. What a beautiful time. Her excitement over being able to adopt Ashley was palpable. May the memories of Penny sustain you all through these difficult days. Central College Church gave us the privilege of knowing Penny, otherwise our paths may not have crossed and that would have been our loss. Blessings Sandy, Steve, Austin and Trevor Lee


Coach Jim Garvie

Nov 15, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of Penny. She was a special classmate I graduated with. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. - Jim in Oklahoma


Donna Starner- O'Brien

Nov 15, 2020

So sorry to hear Penny passed on. We grew up together through graduation. She was always a kind person. We were in many school and church functions growing up. Donna- Marion, Ohio


Barbara Ralston Thurber

Nov 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Penny's passing. I was friends with both Pam and Penny in junior high and high school and have very happy memories of the times we spent together. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Mike Darrish

Nov 15, 2020

Condolences on Penny's passing. Mike


Julia Hennacy Montgomery

Nov 16, 2020

Dear Reverend Ellsworth- Don and I are so sad to hear of Pennys passing- You were so wonderful to us when Darin died- Penny was always sweet and reflected your good parenting- May you and your wonderful family find the peace you graciously gave us. God Bless - Julie & Don


Mike and Diane Howard

Nov 16, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Penny's passing. We have know all of you for so long, yet there is nothing we can say to ease your pain. You are in our thought and prayers. Mike and Diane


Cassie (& Ely) Riehle and family

Nov 16, 2020

No amount of words can say how much we will miss our friend Penny. We loved her so so much. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family.


Susan,Robin's twin

Nov 16, 2020

I did not know Penelope Ellsworth but my identical twi sister recently died. If Pam Miller is interested, there is a support group, TwinlessTwinsSupportGroupInternational. Their website is www.twinlesstwins,org. We have an international conference for four days every July. In 2021 it will be in Denver. Support people are welcome (spouses, parents, siblings, etc.) And I host a one day regional meeting every October in Columbus on the Saturday that Ohio State does not play football. (this year is was cancelled) the regional one is free to attend. Pam might want to check out the website.The surviving twins really "get it" about losing a twin. My Condolences Susan,twin to Robin (the TTSGI honorific signature)


Richard and Brenda Collins

Nov 17, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to our dear friend, Rev. Richard Ellsworth and the Ellsworth family. We were fortunate to see Penny, the "Rev", and the Ellsworth clan at our annual musical gathering at the home of Russ and Sandy Scholl in the Hocking Hills. Good times with good friends who will all miss her and her amazing smile. RIP Penny.


Dave Schwendenman

Nov 19, 2020

Penny was the teacher in charge of volunteers from Alliance Data for math enrichment during lunch time at Chappelfield Elementary. It was a wonderful program and she was very smart in having us work with the kids first when they were 3rd graders and then the same group as 4th and then 5th graders. We got to know the kids and they got to know us. I was fortunate enough to get to do this for 9 years. It was fun, really fun, truly one of the highlights of the week. We worked on problems that she found, in small groups with the kids. It had to be a lot of work for her but I know we enjoyed and appreciated her effort and I'm sure the kids did too. She was a teacher, a real teacher, and someone kids would like to be like, even us big ones.


Virginia Kavage

Nov 19, 2020

Our daughter Sarah had the good fortune to be in Penny's classes in Big Walnut Elementary for two years some 40+ years ago. She taught the class to play handbells and took them to play at a handbell event in Toronto as well as helping each student flourish in his or her own unique way.