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Ellen Risser Farrell

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By The Staff

Ellen Risser Farrell, age 79, died at the Los Alamos Medical Center Nov. 30, 2007. She was born at Lima, Ohio, on July 13, 1928, the daughter of Louis D. Risser Sr. and Elisabeth Hodge Risser. She is survived by husband Paul R. Farrell; daughter Nora A Farrell and husband Reinhard Brinkman of Hamburg, Germany; daughter Megan E. Farrell and son Devin D. Farrell both of Los Alamos; brother Louis D. Risser and wife Margaret; and Charles Risser and wife Eleanor, all of Pandora, Ohio; and several nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.

She was a 1946 graduate of Pandora, Ohio, High School, and in 1950 received a B.A. degree from Ohio State University School of Social Work. Following her graduation she was employed as a staff member of the Girl Scouts of America. She was married in 1960. After several moves, her husband was assigned as FBI Resident Agent at Los Alamos, N.M., from 1968-1974. Following her husband’s retirement in San Diego, the family returned to Los Alamos in 1979.Mrs. Farrell was a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin. She was active in many patriotic and genealogical organizations and served as New Mexico State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as Valle Grande Chapter Regent. She was president of the Los Alamos Genealogy Society and taught genealogy classes in Los Alamos for many years. She was the author of two genealogy books and was a contributor to genealogy journals. She was one of the founders of the Casa Mesita home for girls in Los Alamos and was the first chairman of the board of directors. She was also active in the United Church and served as a chairman of the Board of Elders. Services are pending.