Ellie Auchincloss of New Canaan died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 4. She was 71.

Born in New York City on May 1, 1943, she was the daughter of Edgar S. Auchincloss III and Patty (Milburn) Auchincloss.

Ms. Auchincloss graduated from Hollins University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. She became a real estate agent, working in Darien and New Canaan, but her real passion was gardening.

“Her thumb began to turn green long ago, growing up on Keewaydin Farm in Darien,” her family said. “She studied to become a master gardener and wielded hoe and spade at her home in New Canaan, which she dubbed ‘Whimsey Farm.’ She possessed great curiosity about everything and cared deeply about learning throughout her life, setting a wonderful example for all her loved ones.”

Ms. Auchincloss is survived by three children: Catherine Silvi, her husband, Ed, and their children, James and Hailey, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Emily Agraz, her husband, Carlos, and their sons, Samuel and Lorenzo, of Luxembourg; and George Lewis and his daughters, Charlotte and Phoebe, of Trumbull; her brothers, Edgar Stirling Auchincloss IV and his wife, Penny; George Milburn Auchincloss and his wife, Judy.

She was predeceased by her sister, Patty Auchincloss.

“Her grandchildren were six of her greatest joys in the last 15 years, and she loved keeping in touch with her nieces, nephews, and dear friends,” her family said.

There will be a memorial service held in the spring at a time to be announced at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan. Memorial donations may be made to the New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840

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