Gladys “Kelly” Ellis, the beloved wife of the late Connersville physician, George M. Ellis, passed away early in the morning on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Heritage House where she had been a resident since 2010.
Kelly, the only child of Rev. James Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster, was born on July 21, 1922 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She was raised in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Pierre S. DuPont High School. She subsequently attended Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and trained as a nurse at Wilmington General Hospital where she received her RN.
As a child, Kelly battled polio and later contacted Rheumatic Fever. It was the caring nurses who helped to treat her that inspired her to later become a nurse. Kelly never allowed the ravages of the diseases she overcame to hamper her ambitions or engagement with the world. Therefore, during WW II, she was dismayed when she tried to enlist and was classified as 4-F. Undeterred and committed to serving her country, she worked as a relief nurse at Fort DuPont where prisoners of war were housed. When her position was eliminated, she followed the advice of her supervisor and sought employment at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where she met the love of her life, George Ellis, whom she married on December 4, 1952.
Kelly and George settled in Connersville after their marriage where George set up his medical practice. As an RN, she worked side-by-side with her husband for more than 40 years serving the Connersville community.
A consummate professional who loved her chosen field of nursing, Kelly also liked to travel and did so extensively. As an adult, she journeyed to the Caribbean, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Spain and had a special appreciation of the Orient, making multiple trips to China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. A woman with a sweet tooth, she also had a fondness for Indian food and was known to relish concord grapes as well as a good mango.
Kelly’s compassionate nature was always apparent though her love and nurturing of the four-legged friends of our world; she never met a cat or dog whom she didn’t shower with attention and treats.
Though she leaves behind no immediate family, Kelly will be missed by her many friends including Dr. John Tan, Terrell and Phyllis Medd and Hollis Moore all of Connersville, David Draper and Wendy Irving of Buffalo, NY, friends and staff of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Gettysburg Seminary as well as the residents and staff at Heritage House along with many other friends in the Connersville community.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Reverend David Clark and Reverend Bill Peterson will officiate. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of the funeral home to the University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc. for the Dr. George M. Ellis, Jr. Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.