Linda Lee Ellis, 69, peacefully passed from this life on April 25, 2013 at Forestview Manor Care Facility in Meredith, NH with her sisters at her side. She was a former resident of Frederick, MD and Northfield, VT.|
Born in Riverale, MD on Feb. 10, 1944, she was the eldest daughter of Joseph A. Ellis and Lena Hamilton Ellis. Linda grew up in University Park, MD and graduated high school from Stuart Hall in Staunton, VA. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Nursing in 1966. She worked as a staff nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD prior to getting her Masters degree in Nursing from the University of MD in 1972.
Linda's greatest adventure was as Head Nurse in Pediatrics on two voyages on the SS HOPE medical ship to Brazil in 1972 and 1973. This experience fostered both her dedication to nursing education and her love of travel. In the ensuing years Linda taught nursing at Mohegan Community College in Norwich, CN and at Norwich University in Northfield, VT. Her twenty- two year career at Norwich saw her progress from Associate Professor to Head of the Division of Nursing, BSN Program Director. During this time she achieved a Doctor of Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She was dedicated to her students and to the profession of nursing. She retired from Norwich in 2002.
Linda's love of travel took her to South America, Africa, Europe, Russia, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii. She also enjoyed
collecting dolls, entertaining friends, needlepoint, and helping with Norwich Theater productions. She loved spending time at the beach with relatives at Ocean City, MD.
In 2006, Linda was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, an early form of memory impairment that transformed her life and caused her to spend her remaining years in memory care facilities. Throughout this difficult journey, Linda maintained her gentle spirit and smile.
Linda is survived by her two younger sisters, Terry Ellis Burgee of Randolph, VT and JoAnn Ellis of Meredith, NH, her nieces Brooke Burgee of Salt Lake City UT, Bethany Burgee of Portland, OR and nephew Tyler Burgee of Randolph, VT.
There will be no public services. Those who wish to honor Linda may send a donation to The Association for Frontotemporal Degen- eration at www.theaftd.org, Project HOPE at www.project hope.org or Community Health and Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH.
Arrangements are being made through Day Funeral Home in Randolph, VT.
Online condolences may be left at DayFunerals.com.
Published in The Frederick News-Post on May 2, 2013