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Elly was a young housewife at the beginning of the strip. She worked as a newspaper columnist and then at the library while her kids were young. When they got older, she got a job at Lilliput's bookstore, which she eventually bought.
In 1991 she gave birth to April, a surprise baby who was delivered at home during an ice storm. Toward the end of the strip, Elly sold the bookstore and retired to enjoy travelling and being a grandma.
A Random Fact About elly:
Elly loved playing marbles as a child. She still has a box of "aggies" and "shooters" in the top of her closet.