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Obituary for Eileen G. Ellis
Ellis, Eileen G, age 72 of Littleton. Our amazing Mother and Nana went to her eternal rest on October 2, 2014. Eileen was born on September 20, 1942 to Stanley and Martha Fedak Gilbert in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She is survived by her mother and one sister, Christine Foxe, who reside in Carteret, New Jersey. She has two sons, John Ellis of Milwaukie, Oregon and Matthew Ellis, of Littleton, Colorado. She has one daughter, Susanna Evans of Littleton, Colorado. Eileen is also survived by granddaughters Renee, Emily and Maya; and one grandson, Miles. After graduating high school, Mom attended nursing school at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She worked as a nurse in Boston where she made lifelong friends. A born traveler she loved to explore new places and opportunities. Mom and her friends sailed off to discover Europe where she found work as a nurse in Heidelberg, Germany. Ultimately she moved to Colorado where she raised her three children. She loved Colorado, especially taking her children on hikes, cross country skiing and long drives over scenic mountain passes. She continued this tradition with her grandchildren, with whom she took on numerous 'adventures' including her favorite places Chautauqua Park and Waterton Canyon. She treasured the ocean and collected seashells from all the beaches she visited. As the soul of our family, she was a very spiritual and loving person. She devoured books and sought to learn new things. She taught us the art of taking a 'mental health day' and that tomorrow is always a new day. She never shied from asking questions as the worst answer she could receive was no, but the potential for yes was always there. She stood up for her beliefs and shared her knowledge and interests with others. Mom treasured her many friends and social events that brought them together. She looked forward to her book club, dinner club, church and travelling with her friend John to Lake Winnipesaukee and other wonderful places. We thank all of Mom's friends who came to visit, phoned and sent beautiful cards with loving notes. We thank most dearly, Dorothy Moreland and Emma Derosa who kindly gave encouragement, love and laughter to Mom and helped us out when we needed some time. We also thank Mom's amazing high school friends who have generously donated a memorial bench in her name so that the grandkids could find a peaceful place to remember their Nana. We hold now within us those special memories, a keepsake of Mom's presence in our lives. We are all changed not because she left us, but because she touched us. She will remain with us always in our hearts. In the words of Virginia Satir, 'As I leave you now, I leave you with tears - tears of joy that I've had this time with you. I see on the horizon more love, more relevance, more real cooperation, and I thank you for having joined me in this way. Now, when you are ready, say goodbye to what we've had and hello to what can happen.' Farewell.