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Friday August 16, 2013

To Family and Friends:

Ellen Mae Dick, 69, of Swalwell, Alberta, passed away August 15th 2013 at the Three Hills Health Care Centre.

Ellen loved art, creativity, underused words, adventures, and travel. Ellen was a commercial beekeeper and artist. Her studio, workshop and home since 1968 were the Old Schoolhouse in Swalwell.

Besides being a recognized Canadian painter, Ellen took her innovative designs to stained glass and other creative media. Her glass work can be found in many homes and in the Hanna Health Care Centre chapel, and her paintings depicting the Alberta prairies and summer skies are included in the Alberta Foundation of the Arts collection.

Ellen was born August 9, 1944 in Sudbury, Ontario, only daughter of Lily Maki and Kalle (Charlie) Jarvela. She attended elementary and high school in Sudbury and graduated From University College at the University of Toronto.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Allen Dick; son Jonathan Dick, his children: Katrina (11) and Kalle (10); and daughter Jean Oram, her husband Chris, and children: Mckenzie (10) and Nathan(2).

Burial takes place at the Swalwell Cemetery on Saturday August 17th 2013 at 3 PM. A memorial is planned for a later date to be announced. Further information will be available at

Donations to the Three Hills Health Care Centre.


Ellen was buried Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Swalwell Cemetery, located about 2-1/2 miles south of Swalwell on Range Road 243 on a hill overlooking the countryside to the south and west, with a perfect view of the Alberta skies she loved. The afternoon was sunny and warm.  Friends and family were present and later went back to The Old Schoolhouse to reminisce and enjoy refreshments served on the lawn.

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