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Ellen Crowley Monahan, 90, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Ellen was born on Aug. 3, 1927 to Russell Victor and Alice Burleigh Crowley in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
She graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1945 and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1949 with a degree in business administration.
On Sept. 10, 1949 she married Edward Clifton (Ted) Monahan. They lived in Birmingham for the majority of their lives together before they built a house on Torch Lake in northern Michigan, where they would reside until Ted's death in 1991. Later, Ellen would move to Traverse City, where she lived for the remainder of her life.
Ellen and Ted traveled the world with their family and friends. She was one of the first to have a personal computer and was a member of Mensa and Pi Beta Phi sorority. She especially enjoyed her Tuesday nights out "grazing with the girls" and had a great love of animals.
Surviving Ellen are her children, Russell (Kathleen Semak) Monahan, Leigh (John) Fullbrook, Leslie (Mark) Peterson, Timothy (Bill Griffin) Monahan and John Monahan; grandchildren, Jeffery Monahan, Colleen (Scott) Mihlon, Gregory Monahan and Chadie Adler; along with many other dear friends.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted; her son, Cliff; and her brother, Wendell Crowley.
A family gathering will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible memorial contributions may be directed to her favorite Animal Shelter in Costa Rica; AHPPA, 441 Garfield St., Denver, CO 80206; or to your favorite local humane society.
Kindly share your thoughts and memories with Ellen's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on October 22, 2017
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