Easttown Library lost a true friend and champion of the library with the passing of Joan M. Ellis on April 2, 2022.  Joan cared deeply for the library and often shared how the library (and libraries in general) played an important role in shaping her life. She grew up in Stuyvesant Town on New York City's Manhattan Island, with her earliest library memories beginning with the Epiphany branch of The New York Public Library on 23rd Street in Manhattan.   

Joan visited Easttown Library on a regular basis and was a longtime supporter along with her husband, Gary.  She expressed that she wanted to “make some contributions to ‘paying back’ a portion of what the libraries in [her] life, particularly Easttown, have meant to [her].”  Her many contributions included: 

  • providing invaluable feedback as part of focus groups for the Library’s Strategic Plans and the launch of the Endowment Fund Campaign in 2012; 
  • generously supporting the Easttown Library Foundation’s Annual and Endowment Funds since the Expansion 2000 Capital Campaign for the library’s current building; and 
  • joining our Elsie Jardine Legacy Society by designating Easttown Library Foundation as a beneficiary of her donor-advised fund in her estate plans. 

When she and Gary were chosen as our 2018 Library Champions, Joan said, “There is no feeling so great as making some positive difference in the world, and when you support the library that is exactly what you are doing.  If you want to support learning, encourage community, widen your exposure to ideas and people, all at the same time, what better place is there to do so than the library?” 

In a fitting tribute to Joan, Gary and their children, Megan Ellis Price (Alkes Price) and David Ellis (Nicole Irizarry), have requested that gifts in her memory be directed to the Easttown Library Foundation Endowment Fund, a self-sustaining source of revenue to support the library's vital work in our community now and into the future.  We are honored to be able to carry forward Joan’s legacy of generosity and commitment to the library.  Joan will be greatly missed by all of us at Easttown Library.  To make a gift in her honor, please click here

A memorial reception, honoring Joan's life will take place at the Easttown Library on Friday, July 22nd from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The following morning, Saturday, July 23rd, at 11:00 a.m., a memorial mass will be celebrated at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli. 

Please click here to read the full obituary.