Obituary: Ellen Samaro Ellanson (May 22, 2024) 2024




Obituary: Ellen S. Ellanson, Beloved Matriarch and Community Advocate












Obituary: Ellen S. Ellanson, Beloved Matriarch and Community Advocate



Ellen S. Ellanson: A Life Dedicated to Love, Family, and Community

Ellen S. Ellanson, an extraordinary woman whose life was a testament to the power of love, family, and community, passed away peacefully at her Apple Valley home on May 22, 2024, at the age of 80. Surrounded by her adoring family, she slipped away with grace and dignity, leaving behind an enduring legacy as a cherished wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother, loving great-grandmother, and an unwavering pillar of her community.

Born in a vibrant township in Trinidad and Tobago, Ellen’s early life was marked by her strong family ties and the idyllic island culture. Growing up alongside her siblings, Betty, Sylvia, Kalvin, Harpaul, Yvonne, Harold, Roop, Zeta, Joan, Baby, and Diana, she cherished the close-knit community and the warmth of their shared experiences. Her formative years instilled in her an unwavering appreciation for family values, a belief that would shape the rest of her life.

In the prime of her youth, Ellen met the love of her life, John Ellanson. Their chance encounter blossomed into a whirlwind romance, and soon they exchanged vows, embarking on a remarkable journey together that would span over five decades. John became her constant companion, her confidant, and the unwavering foundation of their growing family.

A Devoted Wife and Mother

Ellen’s marriage to John was a true testament to their shared love and commitment. Together, they raised six exceptional children: Luke, Nicole, Andrea, Alanna, Nole, and Marla. Ellen dedicated her life to nurturing and supporting her family, creating a loving and stable home where laughter, warmth, and memories were abundant. Her unwavering presence and unconditional love provided an unyielding foundation for her children, instilling in them the same values she held dear.

An Adoring Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Ellen’s legacy extended far beyond her immediate family. She cherished her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother, showering her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with boundless love and affection. Wyatt, Desirae, Skyler, Savanah, Tannor, Tyler, Ashley, Jayden, Jolan, Anuandra, Donavin, Eli, Sabrina, Aidan, Aashiyane, Kaylee, Everette, Harper, and Eva were the light of her life, and she reveled in every moment spent with them. Her love and guidance left an indelible mark on their hearts, shaping them into the remarkable individuals they are today.

A Community Advocate and Leader

Ellen possessed a true servant’s heart. Her unwavering dedication to her community was evident in her many volunteer endeavors. She served as a dedicated member of the local PTA, spearheading numerous fundraising initiatives and organizing countless community events. Her passion for helping others extended beyond her immediate circle, as she actively participated in various charitable organizations, giving generously of her time and resources to support those in need.

A Woman of Faith and Devotion

Ellen found solace and strength in her unwavering faith. As a devout Christian, she was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville, where she found community and purpose. Her belief in the power of prayer and the guiding light of her faith sustained her throughout her life, giving her comfort and hope during both joyous and challenging times.

A Legacy of Love and Inspiration

Ellen S. Ellanson’s life was a symphony of love, family, community, and faith. Her legacy will live on through the countless lives she touched and the enduring values she instilled in her family and community. She will forever be remembered as a woman of unwavering strength, boundless compassion, and unwavering determination.

Memorial Service Details

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024, at 11 am at Messiah Lutheran Church located at 16725 Highview Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota. A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family extends a heartfelt invitation to all those who knew and loved Ellen to join them in celebrating her life. They request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ellen’s memory to the Messiah Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

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