Ellen Brashares

October 6, 1922September 5, 2012

Ellen Westerman Brashares died on September 5, 2012. She was born on a bright moonlit night October 6, 1922 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to W. Scott Westerman and Frieda Wuerfel. She was proceeded in death by her parents and her husband and her sister Joanne Feely. Ellen graduated magna cum laude from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. She did graduate studies at Northwestern and IUPI. On August 29, 1945, Ellen married Rev. Wesley E. Brashares with whom she shared forty four happy parsonage years before his death in 1989. Ellen is survived by five children, nine granddaughters, one grandson and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother W. Scott Westerman, Jr. and ten nieces and nephews including her sister’s three sons. Ellen was employed as a substitute teacher in the communities where her husband served as pastor but her priority job was at home as wife, mother, and homemaker and in the church and community as a volunteer. After her children graduated, she had a career in fashion for 9 ½ years at Hudsons. The legacy for which Ellen will always be remembered is based on her credo to serve God fully and make every human encounter one that expresses love, encouragement and affirmation of others. The memorial service will be at Edgewood United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Saturday September 8, 2012.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 8, 2012

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September 24, 2012

Dear Heidi and family. I am very sorry to hear about your mother. She was a grand lady. I hope you and your family are doing well. My best to all of you, Brigitte Linden Evens, Granger, Indiana

Pastor Char and Mike Allen

September 12, 2012

We found out too late to attend her celebration of life. We rejoice in her life yet mourn Ellen's passing yet tears turn to joy at the belief of her life in eternity where she now shares with her precious Lord and husband Wesley. Our memories of Ellen are so joyous and her inspiration in our lives was to the heart. She truly walked in beauty and danced through her life as she loved the dance. Our prayers for Heidi and the rest of the family.

Jon Laramore

September 10, 2012

I remember Mrs. Brashares from the time the family was at First United Methodist in Plymouth, and I remember her and Dr. Brashares so fondly. I appreciate her contacts with my mother, who still lives in Plymouth, in recent times. I remember her as an elegant, sensible person, and the whole family was a blessing to the community. I am sure she will be missed.

Rev. Nancy Nichols

September 9, 2012

Dear Brashares family,
It was with sorrow that we at Broadway Christian Parish UMC in South Bend heard of Ellen's death. We held you all in prayer today as we celebrated her life. Although it has been many years since Wes and Ellen served here, they remained a part of our lives long after they left. May you find comfort and joy in your memories of your mother, grandmother, and sister.

Dar & Dennis Doverspike

September 8, 2012

Dear Loved Ones of Ellen: This most wonderful, kind, and ever-loving neighbor was like "grandma" to our son, Darin and such a dear friend to everyone. We enjoyed so much having her in our Evangel Heights UMC Choir and she enjoyed helping us make beautiful music.
Not a day goes by that I don't drive by her home on Sunnymede and it brings fond memories.
We loved her dearly and treasured every moment together.

Wendy Bradford

September 8, 2012

Dear Ellen and family,
You will be missed by many. You have shown so much love to our family and we always looked up to you as a leader in the church community. You were a gift to Evangel Heights UMC when explaining the symbolism of the sanctuary, sharing your cross collection, riding your bike to church, and sending encouraging cards to people expressing thanks and love. You were special for our family when you sent in an article Mark wrote to Readers Digest and it was published. I remember you telling stories of boiling your pennies as a child so that you could take only the best for the offering. I also remember a story of a child that wanted a birthday cake as big as him so you had to use the tetter totter off the swingset to use as the base to hold the cake.
We also appreciated your Christmas cards and I remember one large group family surrounded by those you loved.
Love and prayers to your family from us....
Wendy and Mark Bradford....and Glen, Julie, Maddie.