Ellen Street passed away at home Thursday morning June 15, 2017. She was born January 7, 1927, in Leipzig, Germany, to Ludwig Held and Olga Hedwig Müller Held. Ellen grew up in Nurnberg, Germany, the third of four children, and attended schools there. Despite the obstacles and challenges brought by World War II she had a good childhood and teenage years and became a teacher.She immigrated by ship to America via Ellis Island in 1948, and became a proud U.S. citizen in 1953. She never missed voting in an election right up until the time of her passing. She was keenly interested and knowledgeable in local, U.S. and world affairs.
Ellen married Samuel John (Sam) Street and they had five children. They lived in several locations in Oregon before settling in Glide in 1955. She lived there for 60 years, until moving to Roseburg in 2015.
She valued hard work and never shied away from it. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years then worked for the Glide School District for 13 ½ years until her retirement in 1993, which then gave her more time to travel in the U.S. and Europe.
Ellen was an avid reader and instilled the love of books in her children. She also liked to watch all kinds of sports on TV, being especially fond of the Mariners, Seahawks and college softball. She really enjoyed growing flowers and other plants and took great pride in the "color" she could add around the house.
She will be remembered for her fantastic sharpness and memory, even at 90 years of age; also for her desire to be principled and fair, and to help others whenever needed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, in 1990; daughter, Kathleen Kay Street in 1958; and brother, Werner Held of Munich, Germany, in 1999. She is survived by sons, John (Sam) of Coos Bay, Carey of Azalea, Craig of Glide; and daughter, Sandra Delaney of Roseburg, and their respective families; also by Lynn Ouellette who was like a daughter, and her family of Oregon and Florida. She is also survived by sisters, Vera Christ of Augsburg, Germany, and Eva Held of Nurnberg, Germany, and their extended families. She leaves behind her best friend, neighbor and travel partner, Janie Dumont.
Honoring her wishes, there will be no services. Just remember her as the good person that she was in life.