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Ellen McClure DaVega
  • In lieu of flowers, and if desired, memorials may be made to
  • First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
    53 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I remember Ellen from our days at A C Flora High School. She was a kind-hearted lady and always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed by...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Wald - Columbia, SC

“My Grandparents lived across the street from the davega family so in a way we grew up with Suzanne, Ellen and Anita. Ellen was my special friend ans...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“What wonderful memories I cherish of the good times the DaVega and Adams family had growing up in Columbia and at Eastminster. Ellen was the big...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Katherine Lawson - Charlotte, NC

“Ellen and I met at age 7 when my family moved to Spring Lake Road. Ellen was afraid I would fail the third grade so she sat me down and taught me to...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Rhetta Hartin - Columbia, SC

“I remember Ellen as Anita's older sister... she was always very sweet to us as we all loved to spend time with Anita and her family .Anita, My...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Pam Whitaker Dhamer - Lake Forest, IL

“I remember Ellen as Anita's older sister... she was always very sweet to us as we all loved to spend time with Anita and her family .Anita, My...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Pam Whitaker Dhamer - Lake Forest, IL

“Shea, Susanna and Ellen, We were saddened to hear of Ellen's passing. We send our heartfelt sympathy to you. Treasure your precious memories of your...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Beverly Johnson - Charleston, SC

“First met Ellen at AC Flora- what a beautiful, vivacious young lady - she was such a positive influence on so many people that she touched through...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Anita and family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Ellen was a great person. We were all friends at Flora. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Sherry Gomez Bailey - Columbia, SC

“Ellen was always smiling. I loved working with her on the A.C.Flora annual and other high school activities. She was a great girl. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Pat McLaughlin McKay - Columbia,, SC

“Ellen will be missed; she was a wonderful friend at AC Flora.Dave ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: dave merry - easley, SC

“Michael and Rhett and families and I know you will miss Ellen- we will too. So sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Thurman - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Ellen and I grew up on the same street. She was at one end and I was almost at the other end. My house was the second from the corner. We knew...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Treci Aston Senecal - Lexington, SC

“I knew Ellen back at Flora. What a wonderful girl. Seems like she always had a smile on her face. I will always remember the nice conversations we...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: David Dunlap - W Jefferson, NC

“I knew Ellen from AC Flora, and saw her many times when we both lived in the Charleston Area. I know she adored her family and will be missed by all...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Wade-Wingard - SC

“Oh, Ellen. You were so vivacious. Young people flocked to you and the First (Scots) youth program. You gave so much. You loved sacrificially. You are...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: William Lancaster - Greenville, SC

“I remember Ellen well from A.C Flora. She was a wonderful girl always doing something to make people and places better. Heaven has gained a precious...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Reeves - Greenville, SC

“I am very sorry to read of your mother"s death. I was very fond of your mother but unfortunately in recent years, I did not see her very often. The...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Harry Shealy - Aiken, SC - Family


Ellen McClure DaVega, 71, died on Monday, April 16, 2018. Ellen was the daughter of the late Henry and Susan DaVega of Columbia. She is survived by her three daughters Anna S. Smith (Bill), Kate S. Smith (Legare), and Ellen S. Mostellar (Curtis); grandchildren, Shea L. Smith, Susanna H. Smith, Zinnia B. Smith, and Everett H. Mostellar; sisters, Susanne Gibbins (George) and Anita Rownd (Buzz), and brother, Mike DaVega (Melanie). Ellen was born on March 2, 1947, and grew up in Columbia, where she attended AC Flora High School and later Queens College in Charlotte; she moved to Charleston in the 1970's and lived downtown on both Savage and New Streets. Her first years in Charleston were spent as a social worker. She then managed a Historic Charleston Bed and Breakfast and shared her love of Charleston with people from all over the world. Finally, some of her happiest years were spent living on Sullivan's Island. Ellen loved nature, and she could be seen walking her dog on the beach and picking up seashells as she admired the sunrise. The beach was always her favorite place: she loved the soothing sound of the waves and the sunshine and the activity, and her family cherishes nostalgic memories of long days on Sullivan's throughout many years. Ellen was a lot of fun, and many of her children's friends might remember with fondness her excellently stocked pantry with great snacks and her fun-loving presence, complete with music and constant visitors.

Ellen always cherished a love for children, and her work with the youth combined with her devout faith: she was a member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. She served as a youth advisor for many years, and she taught Kirk Club and Vacation Bible School as well. She served on committees at First (Scots) and enjoyed her time at the end of her life helping to make prayer shawls with the ladies of the church.

Ellen's proudest accomplishment were her three daughters, Anna, Kate, and Ellen. "Big Ellen's" sense of humor and love for children was ingrained into her daughters-- all of whom have chosen "teaching" vocations. Ellen also enjoyed seeing her granddaughters-- she watched the older two, Shea and Susanna Smith, perform shows and listened as they read Bible stories to her, and she enjoyed seeing the babies-- Zinnia Smith and Everett Mostellar-- as they developed over the course of their first year.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and to visit with the family at a reception following the service in Molly Wier Hall. Interment, private. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel. The family thanks Piedmont Hospice, First Light Home Care, and Sandpiper for their kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, and if desired, memorials may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or any organization of your choice.