Ellen Kappes



Mount Desert

Ellen Kappes, 81, of Northeast Harbor, died March 25, 2022, on Mount Desert Island.

Ellen was born in July 1940 in Rye, N.Y. She attended Northfield School for Girls and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College.

As friend, relative, artist and volunteer, Ellen was an influential and inspiring figure in the local community. She was actively involved in town committees and civic organizations such as Island Housing Trust.

Many people knew Ellen as an accomplished silkscreen artist and watercolor painter who frequently showed her work at galleries and craft fairs. She loved to sketch, paint and create art. She embraced the cold winters of her northern New England home, and especially enjoyed cross-country skiing on the carriage roads; some of her most beloved silkscreen scenes depict iconic snow-coated granite stones along the Amphitheater and Around Mountain trails.

She relaxed by pulling weeds in her backyard garden and was an avid reader of mystery novels. Although technically allergic to cats, she nevertheless cared for many of them over the years.

Ellen is survived by two children, Alex Kimball of Portland, Maine, and Ben Kimball of Greenfield, Mass.; her sister Karen Kappes of Holden, Mass.; and by her spouse Moorhead Kennedy of Somesville. She also cared deeply for her extended family of close friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Georgianna Kappes, her father, Carl Henry Kappes, and her brother, Carl Kappes.

A private burial service will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Mount Desert and a public remembrance service will be held in Northeast Harbor, both in late spring. Please check her Memorial Wall page at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home (www.jordanfernald.com) for more details and to share your thoughts.

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