THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dorothy (Godin) Ellis
Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Dorothy (Godin) Ellis, known as Jo to her friends and family, passed away Aug. 24.
Born in Escanaba, Mi. on Oct. 1, 1922, to Aquilla & Margaret Godin, she was raised in Menominee and graduated from Menominee High School. She attended nursing school at St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago, where she earned an RN designation. She then moved to Washington D.C. where she was a nurse at Georgetown Hospital. In D.C. She met Bob Ellis, while playing tennis and they married in Washington in 1950 at St. Johns Church on Lafayette Square. The couple moved to New Haven where Bob was attending Yale University. While working at the Yale School of Medicine, she became one of the nations first nurse practitioners. She retired from nursing and followed her husband as he taught sociology at Michigan State, Southern California, Stanford, Oregon, Maryland, and Georgia.
She enjoyed watching and playing tennis, represented the Republican Party as a state delegate and was an avid bridge player. Many of her friends were made around a table of cards.
She is survived by a son, Robert (Rob) Arthur Ellis, Jr. and his wife, Debra; two grandchildren and a brother, Gary Godin, of West Olive, Mi.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Roger, Morgan, and Albie; a son, Roger Morgan Ellis and her husband of 63 years, Bob Ellis.
A private interment ceremony will be held later this fall in Athens, Ga. for family members. Remembrances may be sent to The Alzheimers Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601 (www.alz.org). Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel is assisting the family.