Ellan Wheeler Thorson
July 8, 1944 – September 29, 2018
Ellan Wheeler Thorson (née Stockwell) died peacefully in her home on September 29, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland at the age of 74.
Ellan is survived by her daughters Stephanie Malone Thorson (and son-in-law Michael Leroy Davis) and Jennifer Callahan Thorson (and son-in-law Richard James Renomeron), her brother Tyree Stockwell Ford of Ruxton, MD, and her grandsons, Wesley Esteban Thorson Renomeron and Aaron Glen Thorson Renomeron. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col Glen James Thorson (USA Ret.) Ellan was born on July 8, 1944 in New York, NY. She was the daughter of Julia Malone Stockwell (nee Tyree) and Melville Cornelius Stockwell, and the step-daughter of Stephen Hyland Ford IV. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1966 with a degree in Fine Arts. She married Glen James Thorson of Chicago, IL, an officer in the United States Army on July 29, 1967. The couple moved frequently following Glen’s postings. Daughter Stephanie was born in West Point, NY and daughter Jennifer was born in Killeen, Texas. After Glen’s retirement from the Army in 1981, the family settled in Annapolis, MD where Ellan pursued many interests including raising and showing Golden Retrievers, running her own typing business, and membership in many genealogical organizations. Her daughters remember her as a loving mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Ellan was an accomplished painter and often displayed her artwork in her home. She was a generous and witty individual who loved history and who was passionate about genealogy . She was an active and dedicated member of the the Anne Arundel County Public Library board and many genealogical societies, and often volunteered making hats and lap robes for veterans organizations.
A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in College Park, MD, with a reception to follow. The Rev. Kristen Tossell Pitts will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ellan’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board, (https://www.aacpl.net/foundation) Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (http://www.almostheaven-golden-retriever-rescue.org/), or to Bacone College (http://www.bacone.edu/give). Condolences can be sent to Stephanie and Jennifer by mail, or to https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/annapolis-md/ellan-thorson-8009489. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Chesapeake and Home Instead Senior Care for their care and dedication.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 27, 2018
Ellan Wheeler Thorson
October 9, 2018
My name is Captain Perry Tuey, USNR, Retired. I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981 and I can fondly say that I was one of the 1st midshipman to be “sponsored” by the Thorsons. Many of you may not know that the Academies are often like a prison, severely restricting our freedoms and then, slowly giving them back to us, one-by-one, and calling them privileges. My privilege was to have Mr. and Mrs. Thorson assigned to me as my sponsors when I first came to the Academy in 1977. At the time, Stephanie and Jennifer were around 9 and 4 years old.
What, may you ask, is a “sponsor”? Members of the surrounding community volunteer to take on a midshipman and provide them a home away from home. For me, it provided a haven from the hectic structure of the Academy, and a time to take off my uniform and relax. As an added bonus, it often came with a dinner or a snack. Another thing that you may not know is that midshipman are “not” allowed out of the “yard” (campus)—at least not at first (as plebes) and not generally during the week. The exception to this rule was that you could “exercise” off grounds, e.g., running or biking, as long as you didn’t stop. Well, being the “rule-follower” that I am, I never stopped outside the yard while I was biking (at least in no place where they could see me); so as you might surmise, where I often stopped was at the Thorson’s house off of Taney Ave in Annapolis. There, they provided me snacks, conversation, relaxation, and refuge from the Academy. For that, I will be eternally grateful. The Thorsons began that relationship with me when I first arrived, and their hospitality continued throughout my naval career until I finally retired 26 years later.
Mrs. Thorson: Thank you for all that you did for me and my family. I will miss talking with you about Pelosi, Obama, and the rest of the “evil” democrats. But, most of all, I will miss you. Good bye until we meet again.