Ellen Divelbiss

December 28, 1944 ‒ February 19, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Ellen Divelbiss, age 73, of Fredericktown, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 at the family home. Born Margaret Ellen Davidson, she was born on December 28, 1944, the only child of the late Jessie Mabel (Mellor) and Donald Peters Davidson of Kipton, Ohio.  She attended and graduated from Firelands High School in Oberlin, Ohio, received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Upon completing her degrees, she went on to teach 1st and 2nd grade classes at Fredericktown Elementary in Fredericktown, Ohio for a total of 11 years.  After her retirement, she then went on to teach at many Adult Education classes for several years as well.

Along the way, Ellen met and married the love of her life, Terry Divelbiss, after a whirlwind romance on December 30, 1972 at the Kipton Community Church in Kipton, Ohio, with the ceremony officiated by the Reverend Leah Matthews. The couple was the guests of honor at a 45th anniversary reception on December 30, 2017 at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, where she was active in many facets, including assisting in the opening of the Fredericktown Christian Preschool, Sunday School classes, and the “Prayers and Squares” quilting group. She further served her community at various times as a 4-H advisor, a Cub Scout Den Mother, Odyssey of the Mind coach, and at least one other quilting club.

A third-generation quilter, Ellen deployed her talents with a needle and thread in several ways, displaying and donating several award winning quilts to multiple art shows, Tomato Show displays, and various charities and clubs. She also donated many quilts to be given to babies as a comfort.  As her family can attest, she loved to quilt, completing several hundred pieces over the course of her lifetime.

Surviving are her husband, Terry, as well as their three children, Donald (Heather) Divelbiss of Fredericktown, David Divelbiss of Mount Vernon, and Daniel (Megan) Divelbiss of Cincinnati. She is also survived by two grandchildren, John Divelbiss and Ena Divelbiss.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Rd, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019, where a funeral service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Richard Hasley will be officiating.  A graveside service will follow in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services; PO Box 301 Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 or Fredericktown United Methodist Church Building Fund; 123 Columbus Rd, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019.

To view this obituary, or leave the family a memory, visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Terry and boys, so sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing.
    Quite a lady, wife and mother. Fredericktown community and the Methodist church have suffered a tremendous loss.
    Diana and I send our love and prayers.
    Dennis Snyder

  • Sending love and prayers to Ellen’s family. As you well know, she was quite a talented and caring lady and she will be greatly missed by her family, church family and friends. May God comfort you with in your loss.

  • Terry, David, Donald, & Daniel:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your wife and mom. Liz and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Dave, please let us know if you need anything. Love Bob & Liz Gibson

  • Terry and family so sorry for your loss. Ellen was a very kind lady who will be missed by many. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Terry and family, Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I will always remember her laugh and how she gave encouragement to all.
    Dan & Janet

  • Terry and Family,
    Of the first Christians, representing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an unfriendly pagan world, it was said: They out-thought, out-lived and out-died their non-Christian neighbors. What a description of Ellen Divelbiss! She was an intelligent Believer who lived the Christ-life faithfully, and now has died triumphantly, victoriously! She has blessed all of us, especially you, her loved ones.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire Divelbiss family and friends. We remember with fondness the few times we met Ellen, and what an impression she made on us with her beautiful smile and her friendliness. The picture you have chosen to accompany her obituary is perfect. In spit of her illness, her great sense of humor still shown through in her conversations. She will be sorely missed by all. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Terry, Dave, Don and Dan,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Ellen’s death. We didn’t know her well, but have gathered what a kind, intelligent, artistic woman she was-who leaves behind a stellar group of men. Please know we are thinking of you all and are here if we can help in any way.
    Nan Black, Mike Andorfer

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. To the families many prayers and blessings at this time of sorrow.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.She will be missed. Janelle & Tim Cothren

  • So sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Deepest Sympathy! Delmis and Terry Gaddis

  • Terry & family ~

    I am so sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. She was such a lovely, sweet and talented lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Heaven just received another angel …..

  • Ellen taught us what grace really is. She lived her days with grace and courage, and we are better for having watched her do it. Blessings to all 9f you!

  • Terry and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Terry, you and Ellen were some of the first to make me feel welcome in Fredericktown back when we opened the store. Ellen was always so sweet and kind. She seemed to be everyone’s friend. There were times she would come in the store and would let several others go ahead of her in line while she caught up with friends that had walked in. She always had a smile for us and she will be greatly missed! We will keep all of you in our prayers as you walk through these very difficult days.

    • Terry & family, so very sorry for your loss. Ellen had a great smile for everyone.
      Steve & Cindy Bouton

  • I knew Ellen in high school as we were in the same class and both were in the flute section. We became reacquainted at Curves in Mount Vernon. I am thankful for the times we spent together after that meeting. They were a blessing in my life. I am sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. She certainly was a special lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    God Bless,
    Johanna Lantz

  • Terry and the boys:
    I met Ellen when she was my first grade teacher in 1970. I remember her as a kind soul and a great teacher. You have my condolences.

  • Terry and sons,:
    So sorry of Ellen’s passing. She was such a fine and elegant lady!
    She had such a warm smile and always said hi when she saw us!
    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Terry and Family,

    My deepest sympathy for you all. May God’s arms embrace you all with His grace at this time of sorrow.


  • Mr. Divelbiss, Don, David, and Dan,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Divelbiss was a wonderful woman and will be missed. May God comfort all of you and your families during this time and know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Terry and Family , Our sympathy and prayers are with you. What a blessing to have Ellen in your lives. A great lady who lived by faith and touched so many lives.

  • Terry and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys, and there family’s. Our Lord just received a great wife, mother, and dedicated servant of His will.

  • Dear Terry and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we pray for peace, comfort and the confidence in knowing that you will see Ellen in heaven. May you always cherish the great memories that you have and hold them close in your hearts.

    God bless you all.

    Tim, Melanie and Destiny Bittinger

  • Terry and Family,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. I didn’t know Ellen but knew of her, and I certainly knew Terry and have fond memories of the work we did together when you were just starting Divelbiss Corporation. I’m sure she is a great loss to the Fredericktown community and to the Divelbiss family.

    Nancy A. Black

  • To the entire Divelbiss Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With Deepest Sympathy , Dennis / and Doris