Ellen Harrison of Newton, MA passed away on February 7, 2021 at the age of 71. She is survived by her loving family, including her husband, John Guinan, Jr., their three daughters, Sarah Harrison, Liza Ashbrook, and Molly Harrison, four grandchildren, Charlie Van Heuvelen, 7, Ella Harrison, 4, Evie Ashbrook, 6, and Rowan Ashbrook, 3, as well as her brother Fred Harrison, her sister Amy Michael, her mother, Gloria Friedman, and her dog, Gus. Ellen passed suddenly three weeks after contracting Covid-19. She had worked as a dentist in Newton for over forty years. Ellen loved the outdoors, hiking trails with John throughout New England. She particularly loved summer weeks with her family on Sandy Island, a family camp in New Hampshire. At home in Newton Highlands, Ellen nurtured many beautiful plants and enjoyed watching birds visit her birdfeeder. An avid reader, Ellen also loved reading books with her grandchildren. She will be so sorely missed. A virtual service will be held on Saturday (February 20, 2021) at 2 PM. A donation can be made in Ellen’s honor to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy or the ACLU.
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