Ellen (Mehigan) Crosslin of Cambridge died peacefully in her home on April 22, 2020. Ellen had always prayed to God for the privilege of not dying alone. Her prayers were answered as she was holding the hand of her granddaughter, Kristine Eno, and in the presence of her daughter, Peggy and great grandchild, Talon. Ellen was 94 years old young.
Ellen was married to her soul mate, John T Crosslin, who predeceased her in 1962. Her “Johnny” was the LOVE of her life! They were married on January 13, 1944.
Ellen lived and raised her family in Cambridge. Ellen was devastated to have lost her only son, John T. Crosslin, Jr on March 31,2020, after a long courageous battle. Ellen was the loving mother of Eileen M. d’Entremont and her husband, William, (Bill, and lovingly referred to as “Poor Billy”) d’Entremont of Reading, Marguerite M. Eno (“Peggy” to friends and family) of Cambridge, and her daughter in law, Carol A. Crosslin of Quincy. She is survived by her grandchildren Ryan, Kristine and Eric Eno, Brendan and Ryan Crosslin, Christopher and Timothy d’Entremont, as well as her two great grandchildren Alexis and Talon.
Ellen was extremely strong in her faith. No one would ever call her after 9:30am,as that was the time she watched daily mass on her Catholic TV channel. Ellen found beauty in all the things large and small in nature. A beautiful spring tree or bush would bring a “Thank you God”. Ellen was a determined person who was grateful for what little she had, and never wanted more. She always gave true thanks to God for her life’s journey.
Ellen taught her family many lessons in life. She taught us that we were a unit,and we would be there for each other and would always stick together. She was a truly happy person with a wonderful outlook for what life was, and for what might be around the corner.
Ellen always worried about the homeless people. She truly felt it was our duty to help feed, clothe, and shelter those less fortunate than we. She would often drop off her “bags of food” to St John’s in Cambridge. In past years, she volunteered at St Francis House on Saturday Morning serving lunch and cleaning the kitchen for several years. She always said she worked hard there, but it was certainly worth it to help others!
Ellen was an avid walker. In her younger days she would walk around Fresh Pond in the evening after work. In later years, she would walk with her “trusty”walker to Spaulding Rehab Hospital to admire the beautiful trees and flowers. She would continue her journey on Cambridge Street and rest at the bus stop bench, and then get up and wave to all the folks at Skenderian’s pharmacy as she passed by. She would often chat with neighbors on her way “around the block”. Ellen also loved to read. She would often say, anything fiction, or light reading but nothing “too radical”.
Ellen worked at Sancta Maria Hospital for many years. She always spoke with pride of “Sancta” like she was there last week. She made many lasting friendships there. She was still in touch with her friend of many years, Gini Shannon. Ellen loved music and dancing. In her younger years she would go dancing with her friend, the late Doris Williams. Whenever she heard the song “Alley Cat”, she would get up to dance even it were for a few steps!
Ellen’s passing leaves a whole in the hearts of the entire family. Her legacy will live on as we recall some of her many values. The most important values were:faith, kindness, honesty, pride in who you are, always look nice, have shiny shoes, smile at others, because that smile might be the best thing that person experienced all day, always compliment and hold your criticism to yourself.
Ellen’s passing leaves us all with broken hearts, but no regrets! We will all try not to cry too much! It is with tears and prayers, we say, “Good night and God Bless”.
In consideration of current events and keeping in mind our number one priority of protecting our families and our community, the family will have a private visitation in the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road, Belmont. Burial in North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery, Rindge Avenue, Cambridge To honor Ellen, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic TV, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown MA 02472 or to St. Francis House,39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
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