Ellie Brown was one of the kindest, most optimistic people I've ever met. I recall one particular act of kindness that was so typical of her - and so understated! I visited her some 40+ years ago while I was in the midst of a very difficult, sick pregnancy. It was a short visit, but she sent me home with armloads of budding pussywillows. What a symbol of hope in a difficult time! I didn't see Ellie much, but she will always live in my heart! My deepest sympathies to her family, who miss her even more than I will... and I miss her a lot!