Ellen Southard Blayney Eastman

September 22, 1920 ‒ September 15, 2016

Gambier, Ohio

Ellen Southard Blayney Eastman, age 95, of Gambier passed away at her home on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

She was born on September 22, 1920 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Thomas and Mary (Hollister) Southard. Ellen was a 1938 graduate of Columbus North High School and also received her bachelor degree from The Ohio State University in 1941. She was the owner of Southard Supply in Columbus. Ellen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon and enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by her son Bob (Sylvia) Blayney of South Vienna; two daughters, Ruth (Harlan) Bockbrader of Columbus, Barbara (Bill) Blaschke of Gambier; her step children, Carole (Randy) Bentley, Marilyn Christ, Don (Barb) Eastman, Jan Eastman; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Earl Blayney; her former husband Virgil Eastman; her granddaughter Laura Ruth Bockbrader; her sister Mabel McDonald; and her brother Tom Southard.

Friends may call on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2-4PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home (619 E. High St., Mount Vernon). A celebration of life service will be held on Monday beginning at 11AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Dr. Irene Scaramazza (Kindred Hospice Chaplain) officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Rd., Suite 3, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 (or) Hollister Re-Entry Scholarship for Women at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221 (giveto.osu.edu 603257)

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  • Ellen was a very special and wonderful lady that I’m so glad I met. I will miss her terribly and everytime I drink a corona, I she will be with me. She will be in my heart always. As will you, Barb & Jan. Love always, Chris

  • Oh that sweet, upbeat, ever-smiling Momma Ellen – what a beautiful ray of Sunshine she always was. Heaven truly has gained a loving new Angel. My love to you all: Barb, Bill & all the Family of this amazing woman. ❤️😇

  • Ellen Eastman was eager to champion “Women in Leadership!” She fiercely stood up for women who dared to enter unchartered waters in the work world. She was my friend; but more than that, she was one of my foremost “cheerleaders!” She will remain forever in my memory! Blessings to you who were privileged to know her as “Family!” The Rev. Carol R Weiss, PCUSA Pastor

  • Truly honored to plan and provide the music for Ellen’s Celebration of Life.
    If a person could name their biggest fan, Ellen is who I would name.
    A gracious, strong soul who always had time for me and will be remembered forever.
    I will miss her dearly.

  • We did not know Ellen personally, but we know and love her grandson, Charles. He told us about her and how much he cares about her and always enjoyed seeing her when went to Ohio to visit. She must have been a very special person who captured Charles’ love so dearly!

  • i will always remember Ellen as a beautiful, compassionate, loving and generous lady with grace. She was a friend of my grandmother, Margret Bishop. In fact they shared a condo for a time. They knew each other for years and I’m sure they had a great time. Especially at the old Fontanelle at Graceland. Most importantly, in my adolescence, Ellen and my best friend Barbie moved into our neighborhood. For a long time, Barbie and I were inseparable. The summer months were especially fun. We would even take a bus to downtown Columbus and visit Southard Supply. Ellen was busy working but always had time for us. We would run around the whole place, upstairs where all the pieces and pipes were stored. It was a wonderful childhood memory. I have many memories of Ellen. She was always smiling, laughing and sweet.
    Barbie, I’m so story about your loving Mom. What a long time she had on this earth with everyone. God Bless her and God Bless you and your siblings. Also, I was sorry to read about Laura. Please let me know if you ever want to talk or reach me.

    Much love, Lolly

  • So sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. She lived a long and full life and touched many lives along the way. I know Ryan talked of her often after his many visits with your family. I’m sure she will be missed, but the many special memories will always be with you. You were blessed to have her with you…and she to be with you.

  • So sorry to have learned of Ellen’s passing. What a wonderful person and friend with such grace and thoughtfullness. She will be dearly missed.
    Ellen and my mother were the closest of friends dating all the way back to their days together at North High School. It was a delight when she would come to our home to visit. She always was quick to inquire about what was going on in all of our lives and so genuinely interested. We thought the world of her.
    From a professional perspective, I admired her business knowledge and what she was able to accomplish with the family business. She gave both my brother and I opportunities to work during summers at Southard Supply. What great learnings. I’ll always have fond memories of Ellen.
    Blessings to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Ellen’s passing. We enjoyed knowing her at First Presbyterian and always being greeted by her warm smile. Always caring for others, she was strong in conviction and insight. She was truly a genuine soul. She will be missed, but you will always have many fond memories to give you strength.
    Michael and Laura Abell

  • Ellen was a lovely lady. She was a resident and frequent board member at the condo association where I also lived. She gave much of her time and attention to providing and maintaining a lifestyle we all enjoyed. She was always pleasant. She left at least a decade ago and I still miss her.

  • The loss of a loved one is a very sad and heavy load to bare.May you find comfort in the Bible’s promise at Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”