|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1937|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 2009|
Eleanor "Ellie" Izatt was the great-great-granddaughter of Oregon pioneer Rev. Jacob E. Gillespie of Lane County. Her great-grandmother was his daughter, Matilda (Gillespie) Campbell. Ellie Izatt's grandmother was Nancy "Wilder" (Campbell) Holland. Her mother was Elizabeth (Holland) Izatt.
Ellie Izatt was also descended from Oregon pioneer George Thomas Campbell, who married Matilda Gillespie.
The Portland Oregonian
Multnomah County, Oregon
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Charlton, Eleanor 'Ellie' Izatt ~ 72
10/07/1937 - 10/11/2009
Eleanor, known to most as "Ellie" in later years, was born in Baker City to Elizabeth and Lloyd Izatt of Sumpter Valley. Lloyd and Elizabeth operated a ranch in Sumpter Valley alongside the DeFrees ranch, owned by relatives. Some of Ellie's favorite memories include riding warmly tucked into a black sleigh pulled by ranch work horses, the sound of sleigh bells, the sparkling moonlit crystal snow as she and her family visited neighboring family for the holidays and riding her horse alongside her siblings-regardless of the weather-to the one-room school house in Sumpter-McEwen. After the untimely passing of her father, her family sold the ranch and moved to Baker. In 1955, she attended Oregon State College. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority as well as "sweetheart" of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. She met and married James "Jim" Charlton while at college in 1957. He passed her on the sidewalk and said to himself, "One day I'm going to marry that girl," and sure enough, four months later they were married. After Jim's graduation from OSC, they moved to Fort Benning, Ga., where he trained as a U.S. Army Ranger and paratrooper. Ellie began the job of raising daughters, Charisse Kelly and Betsy. After the Army, they lived in Seattle for several years. Ellie was a housewife and a model for the Elizabeth Leonard Agency. She was a regular on the local morning show filmed from the Space Needle. In 1967, Ellie and Jim returned to Jim's family farm on Sauvie Island. Jim's father was no longer able to care for the 1845 Century Farm. They took on the responsibilities of running the farm and also began their dog training and boarding business, the Charlton Kennels. Ellie managed the business and charmed the clients. She was wonderful with animals as well as their owners. Ellie devoted much of her life to building the business and running the farm. She and her husband considered themselves caretakers for this special place and devoted themselves not only to farming and the business, but also to the waterfowl that frequented the farm lakes and fields. Ellie and Jim passed on their love of the land and tradition of stewardship to their children and grandchildren. Ellie was absolutely beautiful inside and out, kind, yet a strong and courageous woman. She leaves behind two adoring daughters, Charisse Kelly Charlton and Betsy Charlton Powell; son-in-law, David Powell; and five grandchildren, Lindsey Kirsten, Jim, Mack, Jeremy and Jessie. She is also survived by her very spirited and beautiful Tennessee walker, Clyde. There will be a public memorial gathering for Ellie at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, on the Charlton Farm, 13825 N.W. Charlton Rd., Sauvie Island, Portland. Ellie loved children and so her family has created a scholarship fund in her name that will benefit area youth. If you would like to contribute to the Eleanor and James Charlton Scholarship Fund, you may do so at any U.S. Bank or include your donation with remembrances and condolences.
Lloyd Sidney Izatt (1900 - 1941)
Elizabeth Holland Izatt (1903 - 1980)
James H Charlton (1934 - 2004)
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Created by: Jan
Record added: Oct 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43467489
Added: Nov. 2, 2009