DOROTHY ELLIS A TRUE COMMUNITY HERO Dorothy Ellis, a long-time resident of the Pass Area, died Thursday, October 17, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family after a valiant 22 year battle with Breast Cancer
. Dorothy was born on April 4, 1929 in Helena, Montana, to Morris and Bertha Coil. Dorothy is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Bruce Ellis; two daughters, Barbara Ellis Polacek and Susan Ellis Wysocki; their husbands, Tim Polacek and Brian Wysocki; and step-daughter, Jeanne Ellis. However, anyone who knew Dorothy knew that the "light of her life" were her four grandchildren: Amanda (22) and Colin (16) Polacek, Drew (20) and Matthew (16) Wysocki. Dorothy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and Deaconess School of Nursing in Billings, Montana. She also attended the Deaconess School of Nursing, Boston; University of Washington
, Seattle; and UCLA
and Golden State University, Los Angeles, where she received her Masters degree in Nursing Administration. In addition to her notable education, she was also the Head of Nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle; the Director of Critical Care at Holy Cross Hospital, Mission Hills; the Vice-President of Nursing at Desert Hospital, Palm Springs; Associate Administrator Executive VP at Hemet Valley Hospital, Hemet; Chief Operating Officer at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH), Banning; and served as SGMH's Chairman of the Board. After first being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1991, Dorothy became active in various cancer cure and awareness groups. Dorothy's continual determination and compassionate spirit were instrumental in starting the Pass Area Relay for Life that raised over $200,000 in its very first year. In addition to founding the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group, Dorothy is credited with bringing the VNA/Hospice Program to the Pass Area in 1992 and was honored as the Hospice Hero of 2010. She and Bruce were also recognized as Citizens of the Year in 2005 for their continuous support and contributions to our community. Dorothy's involvement in Soroptimist International, as well as countless other community organizations, allowed Dorothy to pursue her passion for helping others. Dorothy's strength and perseverance truly embodied that of a survivor-a survivor who will be dearly missed. Services commemorating Dorothy's life will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (1320 W. Williams St, Banning, CA 92220) on Friday, October 25th at 2:00 pm. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation (600 North Highland Springs Avenue, Banning, CA 92220).