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90, of Scottsdale passed away on 04/29/2013. Born in Miami, OK she was the 8th & youngest child of Murray & Ellen (Purcell) Branstetter. Her early years and schooling were in Miami, OK. She received her nursing diploma from Jewish Hospital, St Louis in 1944, her BS from St Louis University in 1954, her M.P.H. degree in public & mental health nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1957. She earned her Ph.D in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1969. In 1958 she was recruited from the Visiting Nurse Service in Phoenix to help inaugurate the ASU College of Nursing, where she was among the first three faculty members. She left ASU in 1964 to pursue her research and returned in 1967 to develop the initial graduate program in nursing. Nationally & internationally acknowledged for the development of nurse managed health centers, she was honored as "Outstanding Educator in America in 1974, given the Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Nursing Alumni Association in 1983 and in 1985 received the University wide Faculty Achievement Award. Ellie is survived by long time friend, Mary Green, beloved dog "Freddie", 15 nieces and nephews and their children, who along, with innumerable students, colleagues and friends mourn her loss and rejoice in her life May 18, 2013 at 11:00a.m. Messinger Mortuary 7601 E. Indian School Rd Scottsdale, Az. Internment June 1, 2013, Spring River Cemetery Verona, MO In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Ellamae Branstetter Scholarship Fund, payable to the ASU Foundation. Send to ASU College of Nursing Att: Eric Spicer 500 N. 3rd St #464 Phoenix, Az 85004
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 9, 2013