Ellen Peterson was a community leader and activist with a focus on the causes of women’s rights and environmental conservation in Southwest Florida. Ms. Peterson passed away on October 14, 2011 at the age of 88. In a series of interviews taken on October 30, 2018, Ms. Peterson’s friends discussed her life while gathered at her home at the Happehatchee Center. “Ellen Peterson was a passionate social justice activist and Florida's top advocate for environmental conservation. In 2005, Ellen began to conceive preserving the historical and environmental significance of her own property, 'Happehatchee' or Happy River, as being worthy of preservation. In 2006, Ellen created the Happehatchee Center, Inc., a private non-profit organization to preserve the lush five acres of 'old Florida' on the banks of the Estero River” (text courtesy of Happehatchee Herstory).