Mary Ellen Crawford Ames, 103, Retired Wellesley College Director of Admissions

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NATICK – Mary Ellen Crawford Ames of Natick, passed away at her home on Tuesday August 17, 2021 in her 103rd year.

Daughter of the late Lawrence Pears Crawford and Ruby Dorothea (Bergeson). Beloved wife of the late George Henry Ames. Devoted mother of Lawrence Ames and his wife Jay Hale of Francestown NH, Robert C. Ames and his wife Pamela Nation of Missoula MT, and Mark Ames, late of Wilson WY. Sister of the late Jack Crawford, and Bill and Eugene Crawford. Proud grandmother of Ellery Ames of CA, Mason Ames of Quebec, Jesse Nation-Ames of MT, and Adam Nation-Ames, late of Francestown NH. Great-grandmother of Billie Rose, Adalin, and Julianna Ames.

Mrs. Ames was a 1940 graduate of Wellesley College, served in the American Red Cross Overseas Service during WWII and then went on to serve many years working at Wellesley College as Personnel Director, and later as Director of Admissions for the college during a transformative era in college admissions.

She was a champion of women’s education and affirmative action, served on the CEEB for many years, was an active member of the PEO, an avid reader, and a mentor to many.

A celebration of her life is planned for a future date, when it is safer for people to travel and gather.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Ellen’s memory may be made to Mary Ellen Crawford Ames Scholarship Fund at Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley MA. 02481.

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