Funeral services to celebrate the life of Ellen J. Compton, 78, of Port Washington, were July 3, 2009, in St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 114 N. High St., Port Washington. Rev. Dr. Robert E. Buckley officiated. Burial followed in Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington. The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown was entrusted with arrangements. She passed away late Sunday night, June 28, in Union Hospital, Dover.

Ellen was born in Morgantown, W.Va., on Aug. 17, 1930, a daughter of the late Joseph Carl and Zadie Elma Spiker Flynn.

She was a graduate of East Fairmont, West Virginia High School, Class of 1950.

Ellen served as librarian for the Indian Valley school system for over 25 years before her retirement in 1991. While at Indian Valley, she was voted "Employee of the Year." She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Port Washington, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Sunday School Board of Education, a choir member and church secretary.

She was also a Cub Scouts' Den Master and a member of the Port Washington Senior Citizens.

Ellen's family and her church were her life's work, and she was an active participant at many sporting events which involved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, collecting photos and creating photo albums for her family and friends, raising flowers, gardening and collecting cooking recipes. Ellen also had a great knack of recognizing former students she met during her career with the Indian Valley schools. She also participated in the bowling leagues at Cy Young Lanes, Newcomerstown.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Compton of Dover, who died in 2007; a sister, Jacqueline L. "Jackie" McVay of Wheeling, W.Va.; a brother, Harold W. Flynn of Fairmont, W.Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Henderson of Denver, Colo., and Bea Compton of Hemet, Calif.; and a nephew, Carl Ray Arnett of Fairmont, W.Va.

Ellen is survived by her husband of 59 years, Neil R. Compton of Port Washington, whom she married June 4, 1950. She also leaves a daughter and four sons, Terry Ellen (Dana) Kittell of Coshocton, twin sons, Gary A. (Kay) Compton of New Philadelphia and Larry L. "Ike" (Debbie) Compton of Sugarcreek, Jerry L. "Jud" (Dawna) Compton of Dover and Barry E. "Ed" (Becky) Compton of Dover; 12 grandchildren, Kevin (Tiffany) and Jayson (Tracy) Kittell, Angelica (John Igrec), Jeremy (Amy), Joshua, Scott (Deanna), Aaron, Kyle, Jessi, Adam, Danielle and Joseph Compton; six great-grandchildren, Allison, Julia, Mariah, Andrew and Kennedy Kittell and Elliana Compton; a sister, Josephine E. "Joie" Arnett of Fairmont, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Joe McVay of Wheeling, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Nancy Flynn of Fairmont, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Jo Claire (Mrs. Mick) Callison of El Dorado, Texas; brothers-in-law, Edward Compton of Hemet, Calif., Ray (Joan) Compton of Durango, Colo., Jim Henderson of Denver, Colo., and Tom (Penny) Compton of Durango, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Ellen's name to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 36, Port Washington, OH 43837.