It is with deep sorrow I share news of the passing of my mother, Ellen Mildred Tate.
Ellen has been a bedrock of Boulder, Colorado for more than 50 years. From her involvement in Saint John’s Episcopal Church, to her many proud years working in the children’s department of the Boulder Public Library, to being a founding member of the United Black Women of Boulder Valley — a support group of African American mothers who worked together to support African American children in Boulder, to helping her husband recruit young African Americans to attend the University of Colorado, she devoted her time and energy to building up a better community for her friends and neighbors.
Ellen was born in 1932 and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She married my father, Penfield Tate II, and through the mid-1950s and 1960s supported our family while my father served in the Army, moving from duty station to duty station. It was in 1967 that we settled in Boulder so my father could complete law school. He became a prominent civil rights attorney and eventually the Mayor of Boulder with Ellen by his side raising me and my 3 younger siblings.
Many people in Boulder got to know Ellen well, so I know I am not alone in mourning her passing. The community has lost a passionate advocate and my siblings and I have lost an incredible mother.
Ellen will be missed.