Ellen (Higginbotham/Hathaway) Schlabach, 50 of Lake Township, died April 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband Ronald, sons Alex Hathaway and Ian Hathaway, mother Sara Ray Roberts and father Nelson Higginbotham. Her sisters Suzanne Fedorka (Thomas), Amy Harman (Tom), Ashley Higginbotham (Ryan McPherson), Adrianne Roberts Beach (Brian), Beth Gaff Beal (Mel), her brother Kevin Roberts and her mother-in-law Edna Mae Schlabach survive her as well. She was preceded in death by her beloved step-father George Roberts, her step-mother Patricia Higginbotham, and her brother Bret Gaff. She was the fun aunt to her much-loved six nephews and three nieces, and loved by many friends. A graduate of Lake School and Mount Union College, Ellen earned a Master's in Education from Ashland. She was employed by Canton City Schools as a second grade teacher at Allen Elementary, previously at Compton. Ellen's heart for children fueled her belief that God called her to teach and love all children. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Uniontown, 13370 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Uniontown where all services will be held. Visitation TODAY Tuesday April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services Wednesday April 12, 11 a.m. with Rev. James P. Nolte officiating. Burial Woods Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers remembrances be sent to the Ellen Schlabach Memorial Scholarship Fund, Allen Elementary School, 1326 Sherrick Rd. SE, Canton, Ohio 44707 to benefit deserving children who attended that school. Hecker 330 699-2600.