Ellen C Everson

Date of Birth

April 25, 1950

Date of Death

April 25, 2020

City of Death

Santa Barbara

Beloved and loving wife of Bill Everson, Ellen was a one-off. She was opinionated, kind, loyal, generous and very, very smart. She loved birds and cats and gardening and the ocean. And books. She inhaled books at a rate of probably at least one a day.

She spent a good portion of her adult life working on and around boats. A familiar figure at various yachts in the harbor carefully applying a beautiful coat of varnish, or working on her well loved little gaff headed sloop “GJOA”.

She spent years working as ship’s cook on various working vessels. Her travels took her to the Beaufort Sea via the inside passage on the R/V“GLORITA” and through the Panama Canal on the R/V“WM MCGAW”.

She ended her seagoing career as a permanent cook on a CHEVRON tanker that ran from the refineries in Pascagoula, MS to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Crews loved her. She took no nonsense, bossed them around like their mothers, baked bread every day, and fished off the side when not in the galley. She also told one of her captains that “God didn’t put her on this earth to make up bunks”. The captain had to make his own bunk.

When Ellen retired, she headed to ceramics classes (at adult education). There she found a creative outlet and many great friendships. She certainly had a way with clay that gave her much enjoyment.

She was much loved and will be missed by all of us.

Services will be held privately.


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