Linda Ellsworth

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March 12, 1925 - April 5, 2015

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4-8 p.m.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11 A.M. Central College Presbyterian Church

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Linda Wells Ellsworth, born to Ruth and Charles Wells on March 12, 1925 and moved to her heavenly home on April 5, 2015. She was very proud of her father who was City Engineer of Newark for 40 years. She was a proud graduate of Newark High School and the College of Wooster. Although her primary calling was to be a mother and pastor’s wife, a calling she fullfilled with tremendous grace, she had enjoyed working at 3 radio stations, (WCLT) Newark, (WJW) Cleveland and (WCOL) Columbus. As a certified early childhood administrator, she served for 30 years as Director of Central College Preschool as it developed from 20 to 400 students. Preceded in death by her parents, and daughter, Elizabeth Ellsworth Walker. Linda is survived by her husband of 65 years, Reverend Dr. Richard Ellsworth or “Rev”; daughters, Pamela (Rev. James) Miller, Penelope Ellsworth and the Reverend Dr. Jennifer Turick; son, Peter (Sarah) Ellsworth; grandchilden, Amanda and Nate Miller, Ashley and Anna Ellsworth, Steve (Sarah) Wick, Moriah Turick, Elise and Luke (Hana) Walker, and Abigail and Emily Ellsworth; great-grandchildren, Aryel, Camdin, Chiren, Kaisen, Savannah and Kate; brother, Charles Wells. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. and a Celebration of Linda’s life will be held at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville, Wednesday at 11 a.m., Rev. Malcolm Davis and Rev. David Redding, officiating. Interment Blendon Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Land Purchase Fund at Central College Church.

Dispatch Monday April 6, 2015


Jerry Hoffman - Apr 18, 2015

While looking to find the information about another friend who had passed away, I happened to see that your wife, Linda, had passed away, Rev. Ellsworth. I was so sorry to hear this news, as I know she will be sorely missed by you and all your family. She had been such a faithful participant in all the activities at Central College Church for SO many years and was beloved by so many, as are you. Because of her strong faith, we do know she is now with her Lord and that someday you will be together again. In the meantime, I know you take great joy in knowing this wonderful assurance. BUT, I know first hand that there is an empty spot where your dear wife was not not long ago. Like I have learned to do over the past seven years, I pray that you will live life by ALL the blessings in your life – and memories of Linda are surely great blessings in your life. May our dear Lord and Saviour give you peace and comfort.
Jerry Hoffman – former member of Central College Presbyterian Church.

Diane McGregor - Apr 17, 2015

Penny, Elise, and all of your family, I am sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Ray and Paula Campbell - Apr 11, 2015

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Pete and family. Knowing you, she must have been a wonderful lady. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We saw the beautiful yellow flowers on the front porch. Know she is walking with the Angels.

RON & Cathy Kudich - Apr 8, 2015

Dear Ellsworth FAMILY,
WHAT a wonderful honor it was to get to know Linda. She always had a winning smile even at difficult times in her life.
I so enjoyed the many lunches with her and Beth for my birthday.
She’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
Hugs to all of you.

Mary Evelyn Canter - Apr 7, 2015

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Linda was very special to me and to my girls from the time that she taught Kelle in pre-school. She was always a very kind and thoughtful person to everyone and was much loved by everyone.

Carol Windsor - Apr 7, 2015

Dear Ones, With so many treasured memories of my precious friend Linda, worshiping, studying God’s word, praying, and working together on women’s ministry mission projects. She was the best encourager and support for her entire family and always made time to bless her friends and honor their times of celebration or offer comfort, as she often shared many wonderful confections and especially her much desired Millionare Scottish Shortbread. She lived the theme of her Bethel Bible class..Blessed to be a Blessing! With so much love, knowing she is gracing Jesus with her presence now.. until we meet again. Continued prayer cover for each of you.

Mary Van Fleet - Apr 7, 2015

We are saddened to learn of Linda’s passing, but praise God for her presence within our lives while on earth. We share in your grief, but thank God that she’s now home & free of suffering. Our sincere condolences to all the Ellsworth family. Mary & Jim Van Fleet

Brenda and Louis Ritzman - Apr 7, 2015

Our love and prayers go out to you all. May you feel relief that she is no longer in pain, assurance that she rests comfortably in the arms of Jesus, and peace that you will be united again! Let the pain fade and the wonderful happy memories and love warm your heart and soul! Linda blessed many people for many years! We were blessed to be some of them. Brenda and Lou Ritzman

Bill Goldsmith - Apr 7, 2015

It was with a heavy heart that i read of Linda’s passing. She was such a good friend to mom, and one of the sweetest women I have ever known. the Ellsworth family has been an important part of the lives of the Goldsmiths. Sadly, none of us can be there today to celebrate Linda’s life. Love to Rev and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Dan&Shelby Brown&family - Apr 7, 2015

Dear Rev&Penny&Pam&Peter&Jennifer&Family
We will miss Linda so much so many memories.
Are thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family at this time of sorry.We Love you all,God
Bless you all.
Dan&Shelby Brown&family

Rhonda Hickkman Cunningham - Apr 6, 2015

Dear Rev and Family- How does one put into words the wonderful person you chose to marry. She was always there in her quite way. My father to this day talks about playing Santa Claus for the school and Linda would give him a gift of a Christmas tie or socks. As a family we grew up in the church and your family will always hold a place dear to our hearts. She was a wonderful woman. We send our love to all the family. Jack Hickman, Carol Hickman and Rhonda

James R. Mathews - Apr 6, 2015

Rev Ellsworth, I’m a retired trooper from the West Jefferson Post. I’ve read all that you have done for the highway patrol & how devoted you have been. When I read of your loss I wanted you to know that I care & will say a prayer for you and your families benefit. May God continue to bless you & your family. I do know that you, being as devoted to almighty God, that you firmly believe that you will see your wife again in the eternities. I can assure you that you will. God Bless you sir.

Tom Johnston & First Pres Paataskala - Apr 6, 2015

First Presbyterian of Pataskala was privileged theses past few years to get to know Linda and The Rev. What a great and gracious couple. Linda’s smile made each Sunday brighter. Love and sympathy from all of your friends in Pataskala.

Donna M. Bingham - Apr 6, 2015

Dear Rev and all your wonderful family. I was honored to call Linda a “friend”. Our family admired her and also adored her. She loved children as was evidenced by her devotion to her own children and the preschool she headed for so long . I will miss her so much. Love, Donna Bingham

Edmund and Ann Koch - Apr 6, 2015

Dear Rev. Ellsworth and family,
We have learned of Linda’s passing so recently. By some odd coincidence, we were thinking of you and Linda this past week end while recalling Easter celebrations at Central College. Our family grew in much love and strength while members at Central College, and our children were 2 of those counted as students over the years with Linda at the pre school. While that was her special interest, we all know that she was a warm and loving to everyone in our church family and from her, we received many assuring words. Love and appreciation accompany our memories of those years during the ’70’s. Our faith grew at Central College and has carried us continually over the years.
And now, we are again remembering God’s promises that help us understand that Linda is certainly in the company of many who have loved God continually. We send our love and deep sympathies to you all at this time.
Ann and Ed Koch, Nixa, Mo.

Ed Goldsmith - Apr 6, 2015

Rev and family. So sorry to hear about Linda, but I know my Mom will be happy to see her. They had many happy times on earth together, and now they can enjoy each others company again. Growing up with your family in Central College is something I will always treasure. I will be thinking of you all. Wish I lived closer so I could be there in person. Blessings to you all. Ed Goldsmith

Ruth Sapp - Apr 6, 2015

You have my deepest stmpathy and condolences. I know you have many memories that will help you through this difficult time. My sincerest regrets to all of your family. Liynda was a very special lady and loved by all who knew her.

Cheryl Hill - Apr 6, 2015

Dear Rev, Pam, Penny, Jennifer, Peter and families,
God certainly gained a beautiful, graceful, loving, faithful angel yesterday. Linda was indeed a very special lady to many of us, but will forever hold a special place in my heard.
As a child growing up in Central College Church, I remember fondly the hugs Linda had waiting for me each Sunday, or anytime we happened to cross each others paths while at the church.
Her kind, caring words of praise and encouragement she offered me when I would play my clarinet during worship from a young age through adulthood meant the world to me.
I know you all take heart in knowing that she is with her loving Lord and Savior free from pain and suffering and at peace.
We love the Ellsworth family and will be praying for all of you through this difficult time.
Blessings and Love,
Cheryl Freeman Hill and family

Tim Strawn - Apr 6, 2015

So sorry to learn of “Mrs. Rev’s” passing. What a truly wonderful and remarkable lady…and perfect partner for Rev.! Will certainly miss that smile and twinkle in her eye…as I know so many will. Thankful for her years and all she did for CCPC and the thousands of kids who passed through “her” preschool! Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Sowle Family - Apr 6, 2015

We are so sorry to hear about Linda. Your family is in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time for all of you. The Sowle Family

Cassie Riehle and family - Apr 6, 2015

We are so sorry for your loss. Linda was so very dear to me and to my family and will be missed terribly. Our hearts go out to your family in this time. Please know that we are thinking of you and that we love you.

Sheila and Jerry Gill - Apr 6, 2015

We are so sorry to hear about Linda. Your family is in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time for all of you. Please know how special your family has been and is to all who know you. Linda is resting in God’s arms until you all meet again.
The Gill Family

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