WARREN — Martha M. Ellers, 92, died Saturday, May 28, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Virginia, where she was visiting.
Martha was born March 28, 1930, in Cortland to Robert W. and Dorothy Izant McLaughlin. The family moved to Warren, where she attended public schools and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1948.
She graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in 1952. She had planned to become a teacher, but her experience teaching at a high school in Pittsburgh changed her mind and she instead pursued journalism. She was a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1952 to 1953 and for the Warren Tribune Chronicle from 1953 to 1959, until retiring to raise her family.
A lifelong community leader, she was honored in 2015 as a Trumbull County Community Star for her volunteer service to numerous organizations. Sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle and corporate philanthropy group Trumbull 100, the program celebrates citizens who have a positive impact on the community.
A lifelong avid reader (particularly of mysteries), Martha was a trustee of the Warren-Trumbull Library for 17 years, including six years as president. She was also a member of the Library Association and co-founder of Friends of the Warren Library, FOWL, in 1980.
Martha helped establish the Trumbull County Women’s History Celebration in 1987 and the Warren City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 1992. She was also a member of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, AAUW, from 1981 until his death, and was president from 1989 to 1993.
Martha joined the First Presbyterian Church of Warren in 1960. She served three terms as an elder and one term as a deacon.
Martha also started the Devon Elementary School Library; was a member of the Devon PTA; served as treasurer of the Harding Band Parents; wrote a history of the Warren Schools; non-supervised adult readers; wrote a story of Someplace Safe for his 20th birthday in 1998; volunteers at LPGA golf tournaments; was a member of the Upton Association; was active in the Trumbull County Historical Society; taught a continuing education course in memoir writing; was an Ohio Chautauqua volunteer; and knit hundreds of hats and scarves for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program.
Martha’s husband, Richard G. Ellers, whom she married in 1956, died in July 2021. Martha and Richard practiced canoeing and sailing on local waters for many years and were members of the Cortland Conservation Club. Curious by nature, she loved travel, PBS and theater.
Martha is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Eugene Gulland) Ellers of Aldie, Virginia; son, Andrew Ellers (Maribeth Haglof) of Lake Forest Park, Washington; granddaughter, Zoe Reay-Ellers; four step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Warren, where Reverend Betty Angelini will officiate. Friends can call one hour before the church service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Martha’s life be honored with donations to the Trumbull County Historical Society, PO Box 1907, Warren, OH 44482.