September 25, 2020
Ellen Jamieson died at home in Leonia, New Jersey. Born in New York. She was 73. Daughter of the late Ruth (Hicks) Jamieson and John Jamieson, sister of Mary Jamieson of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cherished friend of Carole Campbell, Lela Charney, and Pat Kolb. She graduated from Leonia High School and attended Monticello Junior College. She went to work in the gift shop at the Museum of the American Indian at Audubon Terrace in New York and survived its transition to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center at the Custom House in Lower Manhattan. She retired as an information specialist at the museum after over 45 years of service. Ellen was dedicated to her job. She was passionate about educating the public about Native people and helped ensure that visitors had a good experience at the museum. She was always learning from her colleagues and shared that knowledge with friends and family as well as museum visitors. Ellen was generous, thoughtful, and committed. She delighted in birthdays and holidays and was always ready with the appropriate gift. She knew if you were a cat person, a dog or bird person, or if you preferred trains or a particular flower. She also gave freely to her causes. Ellen’s love of science fiction helped inform her visions of alternate futures in the real world. She relished a good discussion on how those themes related to contemporary issues. For her, science fiction novels and Star Trek shows served not as an escape but rather informed her dedication to environmental protection as well as peace and social justice movements. Until health challenges limited her participation, she took part in the Leonia Vigil for Peace and Justice. Ellen faced adversity matter-of-factly and never lost hope for the world around her. Funeral services were private. Donations can be made, in her name, to: Sierra Club of NJ, 145 W Hanover St, Trenton, NJ 08618 or Friends of the Leonia Public Library, 227 Fort Lee Rd, Leonia, NJ 07605.
Ellen Jamieson died at home in Leonia, New Jersey. Born in New York. She was 73. Daughter of the late Ruth (Hicks) Jamieson and John Jamieson, sister of Mary Jamieson of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cherished friend of Carole Campbell, Lela Charney,... View Obituary & Service Information
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