Ellen Van Pelt Wells, a newspaper editor, political activist, and naturalist, died in Philadelphia at the age of 93.
Ellen describes President Teddy Roosevelt’s integration, love of nature and the desert, and Elena Roosevelt’s passion for public service, civil rights, and journalism.
As she was affectionately called by her 6 grandchildren, “Melen” was an inspiration to all and led many to pursue careers in landscape architecture, community activities and natural love, travel to places and adventures.
After attending Vassar College, she married William F. Newball in 1949 and had three sons, William, David, and Fiji Eugene. She later raised a 3-year-old son after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree.
Founded in 1948, while Philadelphia is renovating its many beautiful historic buildings on The Hill and expanding on the outskirts of the city, CHCA has been instrumental in restoring the historic city of Chess Hill. From 1958 to 1972, he was the District Head, the paper was the mainstay of the community and an important voice for CHCA, and to this day it serves as a public forum for residents and stakeholders in Chess Hill.
Chestnut Hill, part of the city of Philadelphia, sought community funding and specialization in the 1950s and ’60s to save many parking, landscaping and road beautification and demolition issues. Beautiful stone buildings at the end of 19Th Century and early 20th century. To this day, the local, although not owned by CHCA, serves as a voice board in the community for development, land use planning and zonal issues. An important part of her legacy is that the Society and the Chess Hill area remain active and active today.
Not only satisfied with the local Chess Hill articles, she used her editorial position to challenge corruption in the Philadelphia government and the issue of racial justice in the Vietnam War and later the invasions and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She joined a number of delegations under the guise of religious groups, and later became a peace activist in fact-finding missions in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, and Haiti in the 1970s and 1980s. On the street, she supported prominent advocates such as Ralph Nader on consumer protection, environmental protection and government reform – and Hillary Clinton – to name a few.
All this while not neglecting the education of 3 young boys!
She led the family on trips to the Green and Colorado rivers, Spain, Italy and France, and tours to Maine. And a trip to the Pokono Mountains with a close family friend, an orthologist, and a schoolteacher, Pero Walker, to count the hawks. This allows children and friends to know the bird calls and keep a record of all the birds’ experiences. And she did her best to plant the joy of music in music and gardening and gardening satisfaction.
Chess Hill Local Editor resigned 14 years later in 1972 to pursue other interests in fruits and vegetables and In 1976, she received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Temple University. A.D. Chestnut Hill was a community association and an inspiration and fundraiser for many hill improvements.
Ellen and Lloyd then moved to the Maine Forest, where she went to the old hunting grounds in Craford, Maine, where she showed her interest in gardening by filling a garden with flowers and gardens. She later moved to Falmouth, Maine, where she continued to work as a gardener. She had bought a small hut on Ele Hout, Maine Island, and was too early to use solar power. And they became friends with the small island community, most notably Linda Greenlaw, a fishing boat captain in the book “Perfect Storm” and later author of the “Sea Water” fishing book.
And, of course, Ellen has become an activist, and now she is more focused on conservation, citizens, gun violence, and many women’s and church organizations. As a brilliant pilot, Lloyd Wells travels by sea to explore the lakes and beaches of Maine, as well as Florida and the far corners of the United States.
Of 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Ellen with her brother Dr. John Van Pelt in Mary, sons William Fisher Newbol in St. Thomas, Virginia Islands and Dend Dixon Newbolt Bend Oregon; Grandchildren Emily Pardi Newbold is married to Anthony Pierce, who now lives in St. Thomas, Sophia Van Pell Newbolld, Washington, DC, Adam Vitarelo, Adelene Newbol, Atlanta, Georgia, Zoe Newbol, St. Thomas, son of St. Thomas and Madeline Newbol, They live in New Hampshire. She has 3 grandchildren Ariye Parde Pierce, Sophia Pepper and Fitz Augustus Vitarello.