Beloved aunt, sister, daughter, friend and advocate, Ellajean "EJ" Thorpe passed away April 1st, in Ashtabula, Ohio, following a two-year battle with lung cancer, during which (as her doctors noted) she defied all odds. She was 74.
A native of Ashtabula, EJ and her identical twin sister Mary Ann were an active pair known for the softball prowess and playful natures. Following high school, EJ earned a nursing degree from Kent State University, Ashtabula campus.
Where EJ went, the Thorpe sense of humor followed, although she never let it detract from her work to help the infirm and elderly or to expose corrupt practices that exploited the indigent and working poor.
An active influence in national and local Democratic politics, EJ was often called upon for her expertise, to voice an opinion or offer a solution to a perplexing policy issue. She was fearless in exposing corporate and government boondoggles.
Never timid in her role as champion for seniors or universal healthcare, EJ was a popular catalyst in many a lively Twitter debate.
Whether as a nurse, mentor or political activist, caring for and inspiring others—particularly the downtrodden—was EJ's life's work.
This world was—and will continue to be—a better place because of her loving, fiercely-spirited contributions.
Daughter of Ellison and August B. Thorpe, Ellajean was preceded in passing by her identical twin sister Mary Ann Fargo, and younger brother Donald Thorpe.
She is survived by her brother, James F. Thorpe and his wife Marilyn of Laguna Woods, Calif.; and six adoring nieces and nephews, Robin (Thorpe) Freshwater and Jeffrey Thorpe of Charleston, S.C.; Kristin (Thorpe) Thomas of Laguna Beach, Calif.; Karen (Thorpe) Nard of Boston; and Ellajean's namesake Lori Jean (Steele) Contorer and Terri Steele of San Diego, all of whom are grateful for the precious time and laughter they were privileged to share with their beloved Auntie.
A funeral service for EJ is planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 11th, at the Greenlawn Memory Gardens Chapel in North Kingsville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in EJ's name to the National Cancer Institute.
Published on April 8, 2017