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Monday, August 3, 2020

Remembering Ellen McConnell Blakeman (Friend and Supporter of "Words In Our Beak")


Today marks what would've been the "in life" birthday of my childhood friend, Ellen McConnell Blakeman had she not passed away a little over two years ago on February 2018.

Regular readers of this blog may recall her name from previous entries here on Blogger and those who have purchased copies of volume two of my book series, Words In Our Beak might have seen that it has been dedicated to her memory as seen in the image directly above.


Moreover, for those of you who follow my personal Facebook Page you may recall that I posted the picture directly below of her (from the 1970's) when she served as one of the first three female senate pages.

In that FB entry, I state...

"Here we are six days before the second anniversary of my dearly departed friend, #EllenMcConnellBlakeman.

I have just finished hearing The Democratic Senate Majority Leader, #ChuckSchumer make his closing remarks at the conclusion of #PresidentsTrump's Impeachment trial.

The FIRST ones Schumer thanked were Senate Pages who were only in the early days of their position and found themselves delivering the questions to #ChiefJusticeJohnRoberts.

My thoughts IMMEDIATELY turned to Ellen who one of the first three females to be a senate page. HOW COOL WAS THAT!

I could just picture her sitting there at that time next to the late #SenatorCharlesPercy and wondered what they'd think of the recent impeachment proceedings.

I'd love to phone her right now and talk the way we used to and I admit to having tears in my eyes as I type my FB entry."

Naturally I think of Ellen often but especially at times when I hear about senate pages or discuss my bird book series. She left quite a legacy and may her memory live on through her many talents and charitable works.

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