Founder of island's first newspaper dies

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 11:08 p.m.
ANNA MARIA - Ellen W. Marshall, who founded Anna Maria Island's first newspaper, has died. She was 94.
Marshall died from complications from pneumonia, said friend and neighbor Elizabeth Moss.
Marshall, who died Friday, had no children, and her second husband, Jack, died in 1981. She is survived by several step-grandchildren, Moss said.
A World War II widow who moved to Anna Maria Island in 1947, Marshall helped found the island's first newspaper, The Anna Maria Key News in February 1950.
The newspaper later became the Islander. Marshall served as a volunteer for the Guardian Ad Litem Program for 17 years, shepherding more than 100 abused and neglected children through the court system.
She also had volunteered for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other organizations.
"I was so impressed with Ellen's abilities. She could do anything," Moss said. "She was always very generous and alert to people's needs."

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