Ellen Barrosse wears many hats. She’s the strategic adviser to the CEO at a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical services business she founded in 1986. She’s the National Committeewoman for the Delaware GOP. She’s also the founder and president of the pro-life group, A Rose and a Prayer.
But her most treasured title is mom.
Today, she’ll receive the Delaware Mother of the Year Award from Gov. Jack Markell at Woodburn, the governor’s mansion in Dover. She’ll be accompanied by her husband of 35 years, Paul Antle, two of her three daughters, an aunt, and her parents.
The Mother of the Year Award is chosen by the Delaware Association of American Mothers. Barrosse said she was honored to receive the award, and also a little surprised.
“I don’t think that I’m really terribly exceptional—I think that like every mother or most mothers, I love my husband and I love my children and we try to have a pleasant home for them … to excel in,” she said.
She and Paul loved raising their two older daughters so much, she said, that they adopted their third daughter, Sarah, in 2004. Sarah turns 12 today (Barrosse acknowledged her being a good egg for sharing the spotlight), and she is in the sixth grade at Wilmington Friends School.
Barrosse’s other two daughters are Laura, who earned her Ph.D. from Oxford University and teaches chemistry at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.; and Mary, who graduated from Yale University. After helping malnourished children in the Congo, Mary is now in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Barrosse said she usually rolls her eyes when people say they’re humbled by winning an award, but that this time, the phrase rings true for her.
“There are an awful lot of great mothers out there who never receive this recognition,” she said. “I lucked out: I got named.”