Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Catherine (Dunn) Burbank. Ellen attended Special Education Classes in Milton and attended the Day Program at Beaumont in Northbridge.
She is survived by her sister, Katherine E. Burbank of Westborough; a niece, Katherine Mahoney of Reading; three nephews, Joseph Pessia of Peabody, Matthew Pessia of N. Smithfield, R.I., and John Pessia of Crofton, Md.; her former longtime caregiver, Carol Breault of E. Douglas; her extended family, Janine and Mark LeBeouf and their sons; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial in Fairview Cemetery of Boston will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 1825 K Street, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006 or to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Pl., Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785.