Mrs. Hope Elisabeth Gelting

May 30, 1964June 21, 2014
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COLUMBIA - Hope Elisabeth Gelting passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 21, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Dunbar Funeral Home Northeast Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the chapel.

Born in San Jose, California on May 30, 1964; she graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto and continued her education with a Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University and a Master's Degree from Walden University.

Hope was a devoted mother to her children and was so proud of their academic accomplishments as well as Nick’s baseball prowess and Catie’s dance talent. Hope was a dedicated educator and committed her entire career to helping children learn. She served as a special education teacher for over 20 years and was on the staff at Mill Creek Elementary School since 2000. Always a passionate advocate for her students’ needs she worked tirelessly to help them succeed, sometimes taking especially needy children on outings at her own expense.

Animals also enjoyed Hope’s affection and attention. From a young age she shared her life with many types including dogs, cats, chickens, and horses. Over the years she personally rescued many and consistently supported organizations dedicated to animal welfare.

Hope was brave, tenacious, and pragmatic. Later in life as she faced a life threatening illness she remained strong and focused. These qualities were evident in her advocacy for the inclusion of breast density information in mammogram results so women can make informed screening choices. Her powerful, personal testimony helped a proposed legislative amendment pass the state senate and the bill is now before the house.

Hope touched many lives and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. All creatures great and small will dearly miss her love, loyalty, and laughter.

She is survived by her children, Nick Gelting and Catie Gelting both of Columbia; mother, Mary Catherine Carroll of Palo Alto, CA; father, Fred Ludeman of Granite Bay, CA and brothers, Rick Ludeman of Portland, OR and Matt Ludeman of San Francisco, CA.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Are You Dense, Inc., 96 Rowley Road, Woodbury, CT, 06798.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mrs. Hope Elisabeth Gelting

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Cha Diaz

July 11, 2014

I saw Hope about a year ago at Treesi's wedding. I had not seen her since she had moved to South Carolina but I knew her when she lived in San Diego. We caught up with each other that day and the one thing that was very obvious was how much Hope LOVED her children. Her love is woven forever into their lives and I pray that as they go out into the world, that they feel her love wrapped round them.

Dorothy McKoy

July 8, 2014

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Lawana Hatfield

July 8, 2014

I have never met Hope but have heard so many wonderful things about her and her children. I know she is greatly missed and will forever be loved. My deepest sympathies to her children, family, and friends. I will think of her often when supporting her causes.

Treesi Coyle

July 1, 2014

I first met Hope when she was my student teacher in San Diego. We remained friends all of these years. My daughter and I were in her wedding as the flower girl who fell for the ring bearer and as a bridesmaid (the flower girl being my two year old). We shared so many memories of pregnancies and pets, students and IEP meetings, hikes and ballets (way before you Catie), Halloween parties and German Oktoberfests, weekends in a cabin hideaway in Idyllwild, breast cancer and the joys of being bald, the even greater joy of being a mom, and our love of a good story. Hope was one of those rare individuals who maintained an upbeat perspective no matter what life threw her way. It has meant so much to have known her and her family. She will be missed. Catie and Nick, you two WERE her life and she will remain with us through you. I have always said that the thing your mom was the absolutely most successful at in this life was being a mother. She really nailed that one down! Catie, thank you for attending my wedding last summer and know that my home will always be a place of comfort and open arms to you. I am deeply sorry for your loss (both of you) but rest in assurance that your mom is safely in Christ's ever loving arms. She has a perspective of this life we have yet to complete here, that we can only imagine. For her, the best has come.

Aimee Stewart

July 1, 2014

We were so very sorry to hear of Hope's passing. Our hearts go out to Nick and Catie.

Todd Willis

June 29, 2014

I was very saddened to hear of Hope's passing. I was her friend from elementary school all the way through high school. We drifted apart when she moved to Sacramento to attend American River College, but were able to reconnect during her graduation from San Diego State University. The last time I saw her in person was nearly 30 years ago, during our 5-year high school reunion.

I will always remember her beauty, charm, grace, quirky sense of humor, and generous spirit. I mourn her loss and want to express my deepest condolences to her family, Jack, Nick, and Catie. She was loved and adored by many.

Nancy M Cappello, Ph.D.

June 29, 2014

On behalf of our global breast cancer charity, Are You Dense, Inc., I offer our sympathy to Hope's family and friends. I was blessed to have worked with Hope for the last few years to ensure that women of South Carolina are educated of their dense breast tissue and are given information when they have a mammogram. Her relentless desire was to ensure that no other woman suffer an avoidable later stage cancer diagnosis. Our advocacy organization will continue to work with the S Carolina legislature to pass Hope's law next session. Thank you for acknowledging our Mission and the contributions in honor and tribute to Hope.

John Shealy

June 28, 2014

My condolences for your loss…my thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

John Hodge

June 28, 2014

Hope was an exceptional person who faced her illness with grace and determination. Having known her for over 20 years, we are saddened by her loss. We were privileged to know her and spend time with her and her family. We will miss her, her smile, and determination.

Cathy Collins

June 28, 2014

Our profession has lost one of the best and most dedicated educators. She will be missed dearly and I am thankful to have had the chance to know and work with her. My condolences to her children and family and I pray for peace in the days to come.