Eleanor Charlotte Maynerick
March 30, 1937 – April 27, 2021
Eleanor Maynerick was born March 30, 1937 in Loveland, Ohio to Charles Roger and Henriette Spaulding Nisbet. She passed away at age 84 on April 27, 2021 in Austin, Texas.
Ellie will be remembered above all for her abundant heart - her generosity, kindness, compassion, patience and service to others. She moved through life with calming grace. Her every action, gesture and word were filled with humility and an intuitive consideration for others.
Ellie was intelligent, sensitive and beautiful inside and out. She passionately valued family, philanthropy and education and was very well read. She was erudite, spiritual and deep. Her hobbies over the years included piano, dancing, horseback riding, watercolor painting, knitting, floral arrangement, interior design/decor, gardening, landscape design, poetry and writing.
Ellie truly understood the art of living. She was astute at cultivating small pleasures in her daily life and in the lives of others. She kept a stylish, warm home where anyone was welcome. She set a beautiful table for every meal, she hosted fantastic dinner parties and she made birthdays and holidays particularly special. She loved surprises and spontaneity.
As a child, Ellie loved spending time at her dad’s farm with her sisters Rosemary and Martha. In high school, she excelled academically, was a cheerleader, and played clarinet in the band.
At Denison University, Ellie was yearbook editor, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and participated in track and field. She also studied abroad in Mexico. She graduated with a BA in English and later completed a Master’s in English.
Ellie had five children and she was happiest when surrounded by her family. When her children were little, she loved singing, reading, playing games, going on picnics and exploring nature with them. As they grew older, she introduced them to museums, theater, ballet, the symphony, and travel. She took many memorable trips with her family.
Ellie was an English teacher for most of her career. She later owned and operated a Pier 1 Imports for 10 years until she retired.
She paid attention to global issues and was charitable with her time and money. During the 70s, she and her family hosted Vietnamese refugees for about a year. Later in her life she anonymously paid for several high school students to attend university. Ellie volunteered with Hospice as well as various family services organizations and museums. Additionally, she donated to many causes dear to her including educational programs, environmental organizations, an audiology group that provided hearing aids to children, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s foundations, and more.
Though she esteemed the small town mores with which she was raised, she also desired change and adventure. After over 30 years in the Greater Cincinnati area, she and her family moved to Toronto, Ontario for 11 years. In 1982, they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where she lived for over 28 years. In 2010, Ellie moved to the Palm Springs area of California. In 2018 she moved to Austin, Texas.
Throughout her life she sought the company and perspectives of people from other countries and of different cultures and religions. Through teaching English as a Second Language, she made many international friends. She planned imaginative trips all over the U.S and the world, including attending the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995.
Ellie always enjoyed long philosophical discussions about the meaning of life, and she was always there to lend support for friends who were going through hard times. Anyone who knew Ellie remembers that she loved a good conversation!
Ellie is survived by her children Marshall, Julie, Tom, Monica and Michelle, her grandchildren Alicia, Kazimir, Zarek, Ivyee, Gabriella and Avery, and her great grandchildren Tristan, Ella, Greyson and Arthur.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Eleanor Charlotte Maynerick
Jody H. P.
May 31, 2021
I'm shocked and saddened that Ellie sleeps in death. It truly is a painful sting. You all are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Ellie was full of love and laughter ❤. I believe in a resurrection Acts 24:15. To her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, my heart ❤ goes out to you and I am so very sorry for your loss. I know NOTHING was more important to her than her children.
Much love and empathy
May 30, 2021
Ellie was a second mother to me, as I grew up from age 4 spending half of my childhood in the Maynerick house of my best friend Monica. Ellie was so gracious and welcoming. She was the “cool mom,” always up for an adventure, always full of joy and laughter. Ellie was young at heart, but had wisdom beyond her years and invariably saw the best in everyone and every situation. She was a champion of living life to its fullest, and gave Monica and I the freedom to do the same. I remember her and Ed trying to discipline us on several occasions for our mischievous( yet hilarious )pranks, but could see the smiles breaking through the serious parental façade.
My parents had many good times with Ellie, and thoroughly enjoyed her company, and her beautiful handwritten letters that she would religiously send after they moved away from Toronto.
I have so many fond memories of Ellie, and the times spent in all of her houses- Walmer Road, Willowdale house, Conrad road house with the Dice statue, Hawaii beach house and the house in Fort Collins. I see so much of Ellie in my BFF, Monica, and know her beautiful attributes will live eternal in her children, and her spirit will be remembered by all whose lives she touched. Wishing peace and sending love to Monica & James, Mischa, Julie, Tom and Marshall.
My parents, Jim and Tuulikki, are the last of their friends still living, but hope to see you, Ellie, again one day in heaven- for drinks like the good old days…. with lots of laughing, dancing and singing.
May 30, 2021
I met Ellie shortly after she and Ed moved to Fort Collins and opened Pier I imports downtown near the (now) Armstrong Hotel. We became closer when her husband died suddenly and Ellie was truly stressed out, running a business single handedly and being a mother. But Ellie was resolute and managed both.
Over the years we stayed friends, she got to know my wife too. We kept in touch but when she moved to CA it was just a card now and then.
Ellie was skillful at adapting to life's changes, minor and drastic. She was a great mother as attested by how her adult children desired to be near her. Ellie always had an insightful comment and was clearly very bright. She will be missed.
May 29, 2021
We were all saddened to learn of Ellie's passing. I'm sending my sympathy to you as you celebrate Ellie's wonderful life. There are no words that can express the depth of sorrow the family experiences. My heart goes out to you and my prayers up for you.
I have very fond memories. Having gown up together as cousins in the same home town of Loveland, Ohio. We spent many fun times together at picnics, holidays, and special family gatherings.
Ellie leaves a tremendous legacy. She was one of the most kind and loving people I have ever known. As everyone who knew her found, these positive traits spoke volumes. I have personally benefited from them and her gracious and caring character.
She possessed an ability to really enjoy life, to give a lot to others, and to have an innate goodness about her. Ellie will be missed by many, and I am among them. May her loving memory take deep root in us all.
May 25, 2021
Ellie was the cool mom - it was her house I'd run away to when I wanted to be away from my own. She was also my first boss, trusting me with a job at Pier 1, though I had no prior experience. She somehow saw and brought out the best in me, as she did to everyone who had the privilege of entering her orbit. Ellie had a wicked sense of humor, an innate sense of style, a fascinating intellect, a curious mind with an acute knowledge of literature and culture, a graceful demeanor, an iron spine, and a kind and generous heart. She was completely captivating, and entirely original, living by her own rules, and serving as a remarkable role model for those of us who looked up to her, of whom there are many. She touched the lives of us all, and will remain forever in our hearts.
May 20, 2021
Ellie and I were married but such a short time in life. It was a time that was filled with love and excitement, adventure and travel. Camping in Colorado, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, and Jamaica were some of the places that bring fond memories.
Ellie . . . Your intellect was always a fascination to me. I miss you more than words can say. I will always love you!
Until we meet again..... Rest in Peace.
May 15, 2021
I first met Ellie when she married my Uncle Ed and came to Toronto in the early 70s. Accompanying her were my 4 instant cousins who I still treasure to this day. Then along came Michelle to make 5 and though we're separated by the border, I still feel close and am so thankful for all of the wonderful memories we've shared over the years.
Ellie was always fun to be with and added so much to our family. She was truly a remarkable writer and I was constantly in awe of the beautiful and heartfelt letters she would write to me and my mother.
Thoughts from your Canadian family are with you.
May 14, 2021
I met Ellie at Monica and James wedding weekend. Monica became my daughter-in-law that day. I remember Ellie's sweet smile, and how she was so friendly to me and made me feel so welcome. Later we exchanged "mom" notes and said we were so happy for our "kids" on their new life together. We exchanged cards and notes each Christmas thereafter. I wish peace and comfort to Monica and James and their family members at this time.
May 13, 2021
Before she was"Mumsy", she was my friend Ellie. With a wonderful ease, we truly became close friends while Monica & I dated. She was stronger than most, but her gentle demeanor would blind most folks to knowing just how strong of a person she was. Always first with handwritten birthday and holiday cards. She kept her letter and card writing supplies near her favorite seat in her home.
By the time Monica & I married, Ellie had become much more than a mother in law to me, so I call her "Mumsy".
Mumsy was genuinely thoughtful, considerate, and appreciative, of all she met and knew. She knew how to make you feel special.
Mumsy was Love;
1 Corinthians 13, kind of love.
Until we laugh together again Mumsy, I miss you.
May 13, 2021
To: Ellie's Kids and Family
It broke my heart to hear of your precious mother's passing. Ellie was one of the most imaginative and creative people I have ever known. We were, as you probably know, kindred spirits during some of the toughest years of our lives. We loved all the same things: music, theater, reading, and dancing!! We were "Dancing Queens" made of the same cloth!! We would schedule an occasional "girl's night out" to hear the amazing Dee Felice Jazz Quartet and laugh and dance until we dropped! We spent most of our time together just talking and sharing, while our kids played for hours! My memories with Ellie run deep and will "never" be forgotten!! I am dedicating this song to her life here on Earth & now in Heaven!! She truly was and is still... a Butterfly
May 13, 2021
I remember thinking how my friends Tom, Julie and Marshall's Mom seemed such a modern woman, accepting us teenagers as we were without judgement and allowing us free reign at the backyard pool.
Mrs. Maynerick was very welcoming to us and we appreciated this.
May 12, 2021
I knew her as Ellie. She was a dear friend of my Dad and they kept in touch after she moved away from Toronto. Growing up, I didn't know her personally but I remember her having beautiful handwriting. She would send holiday cards filled with her handwriting, updates, and best wishes. My Dad cherished those letters and we kept them on display well after the holidays.
May she rest in peace,
May 12, 2021
Growing up in Cincinnati, Ellie was a good friend and neighbor of my mom, Sherry, when we lived at the Kensington Lane Townhouses in Kenwood in the late 60’s. She was extremely kind, loving and fun! I remember thinking she was one of my favorite adults to be around. Her kids were awesome too - Marshall, Julie and Tom - and I have great memories of seeing them occasionally through the 70’s. My love and prayers to all the family. I cried at the news that such a lovely person was no longer with us - she was special and touched my life!
May 11, 2021
Ellie was one of the most selfless humans I have known.
Barely a teenager, she walked me to her home after church. She would sit me at her bedroom vanity, where she would pin matching puppy dog pins on my blouse, the fashion in the ‘50s. That kindness is my first memory of her. Of her generosity, her caring, her love for others.
We were six years apart, just enough not to be really close at that young age. But that age difference did not keep me from being in awe of her, wanting to do everything she did, wanting to be just like her.
She played the clarinet in the high school band. Guess what I chose to play.
She was an honor student. I tried to be one too.
She was a cheerleader. I aspired to me one.
She was a strong swimmer. I swam laps as she did.
She read voraciously. I try to.
She called me Kari. I called her Els.
She reinforced in me some of life’s most important lessons. Help others. Be honest, kind, loving, empathetic, forgiving. Learn about the world’s philosophies and people through conversation, reading and travel.
When I said something that touched or was meaningful to her, She, while placing her hand over her heart, would say, “Kari, I am putting that right here, in my heart,” with a look of such conviction and sincerity.
When we were together, she talked about ideas, books, art, nature, music, politics, the world’s people. She loved going to movies, especially independent films, and often more than one a day. She loved gathering family and friends around her dinning room table.
To her family, she loved you fiercely and craved spending time with you. She was happiest then.
She loved life. Her children, her family,her friends.
She coped with whatever came her way.
Loss. Cancer. A heart attack.
She rarely complained.
And she left her earthly life on her own terms.
She will live on in the memories we have of her.
And Ellie, I am keeping you ‘right here in my heart’.
May 8, 2021
Ellie and I were 18 when we met. Most of us were consumed by superficial concerns but not Ellie. Maybe when you’re from Loveland, you’re beyond all that. She was into different cultures when I was thinking about the next football game or flirtations.
I will miss her positive cards, her clever gifts (especially books by Misha), her generous contributions to Shannon’s cancer retreats, and her laughter about life’s challenges.
She loved her family and supported whatever they pursued always in a non- judgemental way.
Ellie would want this to end with humor. In college, she was a great listener. Fifty years later, she confessed that she didn’t know she was hard of hearing even then. She was the best listener because she was lip reading! On to your next adventure, Ellie🙏
May 8, 2021
What a sweet, sweet lady. Im so honored to have had a chance to know you. You will always be Mama Maynerick to me...you were the best gift giver on the planet!! My love and thoughts are with the entire family. Rest in peace Ellie..
May 8, 2021
Our whole family was devastated--just devastated--to hear that Ellie had passed away. As her obit can attest, she was a singular, loving, unique lady who reached out to everyone. We first met in Toronto when our children were very little and we learned so much from her. Her loving tolerance of people, her all-embracing generosity and love of others was unique. As was her search for good in everyone she met. Distance separated us physically in later years, but not in our memory of her. Her passing will create a void in our lives, just knowing she is no longer with us. Our sincerest sympathy to all. We know what a terrible loss this is for you.
Joanna, Walter, Kevin and Terry Schmida, Key West, FL