Ellen Grimshaw, age 102, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. She was born on December 15, 1910 on Dry Run, Washington Township, Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of Leonidas and Minerva Roberts Smith, Ellen attended elementary school in a one-room “rural” schoolhouse on Dry Run. At age 14 she worked the summer as a housekeeper and cook to earn money for books and bus fare to Portsmouth High School for the year. After high school, she continued to work as a housekeeper. In 1933, Ellen married Clinton E. Grimshaw, a widower with 9 children, who owned a farm on Blue Run Road near Lucasville, Ohio. Immediately her life became one of cooking, gardening, farming, canning, sewing, and caring for a large household. Ellen was well known for her cooking and baking, especially bread and cinnamon rolls. Winter months the Grimshaw house became a gathering place for local youth to go sleigh riding down the hill with Ellen making hot chocolate and popcorn balls for all. During winter months quilting frames would be set up for months in the living room. Many of these quilts are still cherished by family. She was “Mom” to all the Grimshaw children and “Granny” to the many grand and great-grandchildren. Ellen served as a 4-H Advisor for many years and in 1975 she was honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. to be presented a 25 years Advisor Pin. Ellen had a sharp mind and enjoyed many hobbies. She enjoyed listening to the radio while working, keeping informed on national news and was interested in history, geography and music and traveling to visit family. Until a short time ago she could readily recall the birth dates of her sibling’s, family and events, rarely missing a birthday card. She lived on Blue Run until the age of 87 when she moved into an apartment in Minford, Ohio. Ellen remained independent, only giving up driving at age of 95. In 2010 she moved into Elbrooke Pavilion, an assisted living facility in Minford, Ohio. Since February 2013 she has been a resident at Heartland of Portsmouth Nursing Home. A lifelong devout Christian, Ellen was a member of Blue Run United Methodist Church for over 75 years, Ellen was a founding member of United Methodist Women, a Sunday School Teacher, church delegate to the Annual Conference and served as a cook for local church youth attending Camp at Lancaster, Ohio and the church food booth at the Scioto County Fair for many years. Ellen enjoyed reading her Bible nightly. Just a few weeks prior to her passing she enjoyed hearing and singing hymns, remembering the words to her favorites. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Melvin, Leonidas, Cecil, Homer, Raymond and Harold Smith; sisters, Elizabeth Manley and Lorena Smith Holstein; husband, Clinton E. Grimshaw; daughters, Jeanne Finch and Janet Durand; and step children, Marie Deemer, Lucille, Ralph, Russell, Harry, Donald, Albert and Charles Grimshaw. Ellen is survived by and her memories will be cherished forever by surviving children, Annalee (Jordan) Abner, Lucy Ellen Brown, Richard, Kenneth, Marilyn Jane Grimshaw, long-time son-in-law, Jordan Abner, and step daughters, Faye Parmenter and Nettie Agidius, 41 grandchildren; 70 great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Palla officiating. Burial will be at Lucasville Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Save the Children.Org, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.