It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ellen (Appleyard) Howrish at the age of 79. A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Ellen passed away quietly on March 12, 2021.

She leaves behind a husband Emil Stan Howrish, daughter Cheryl Donoghue (Phil), son Steven Howrish (Todd Sikorski) and son Marcel Fluet-Howrish (Colette Fluet-Howrish). Ellen is also survived by her two brothers, Reg Appleyard (Mabel) and Fred Appleyard (Brita). Also grieving her passing are grandchildren James and Ben (Cheryl and Phil) and Kye, Luke and Niva (Marcel and Colette).

Ellen Appleyard was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the only daughter of Irene Gladys Appleyard and Noel Wilfred Appleyard. She was a sister to older brother, Reg and younger brother, Fred. The Appleyard family moved to Alberta when Ellen was very young. After high school, Ellen went to the University of Alberta, completing a Bachelor of Science as well she completed her first year of medicine. She toured Europe on a year off from her studies and upon returning, completed an after degree in Education, majoring in Special Education. During one of the summer breaks, she worked at CIL, where she met Stan. They married in 1964. Ellen began her teaching career in 1967 at Mill Creek School and the following summer, her first child, Cheryl was born. After that, Ellen stayed at home and soon welcomed son Steven, born in 1969 and Marcel, born in 1972. The family settled into a comfortable life in the Capilano area of Edmonton and shared many wonderful memories of trips to the Howrish family farm in Holden and longer trips to Kelowna, Disneyland, Disneyworld, Hawaii, and Florida. Ellen later returned to the workforce as a dental assistant.

Ellen was a proud member of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), serving as a board member in the 1990s and supporting the rights of LGBTQ people. Ellen was a breast cancer survivor (twice) and late in life, learned that she had CADASIL, a rare hereditary stroke disorder, which started to affect her memory, mobility, and balance.

Ellen will be remembered as a kind and gentle woman and a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed nature and loved to be outdoors, hiking, walking, and gardening. She also loved the arts and spent many years painting and enjoying the performing arts in Edmonton. The performances she enjoyed most were when her grandchildren performed their music for her.

Ellen spent the past year and a half at the Kipnes Centre in Edmonton and the family would like to thank the wonderful staff for all of their support and care.

A Celebration of Ellen’s life will be held on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am and will be streamed online at The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her memory to one of the following charities:

CADASIL Together We Have Hope Non-Profit Organization
3605 Monument Drive
Round Rock, Texas 78681

10 Schalks Crossing Road
Suite 501A-133
Plainsboro, NJ 08536


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Sandy Taylor

What a life she had! It seems to have been very full and rewarding. I know where Steven gets his dedication to education, his community and to the handicapped from. My heart goes out to her family and all who knew her.

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