Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Ellen Nora Hale

October 29, 1951July 22, 2020

Ellen Nora Hale, 69 years old, died at Vista Springs Holland Meadows after a long and debilitating six-year fight with Glioblastoma Multiforme. Against all odds, she beat her 12-15 month prognosis by more than three years. She was known, and will be remembered always for her intelligence, great beauty, southern charm, strong faith and as a giver of great parties. Ellen will be missed by many dear friends, family members and business associates. She had great affection for her Hope Church family… a wonderful source of love and support for her, especially in her final years.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Margaret Maynard of Memphis, Tennessee. She is survived by her sister, Amy (Everett) Pidgeon, nieces, Jordan and Kelsey Pidgeon, all of whom reside in Memphis, Tennessee, and one nephew, Brent Pidgeon of Des Moines, Iowa. Also surviving Ellen are her treasured Aunt Bonnie Savage, cousins, Leslie Savage and Kent Savage. Two special nieces, Arianna Lindberg of New Jersey and Ann Baker of Saugatuck shared Ellen’s love of art, story and all things Lake Michigan. They brought great love and joy to Ellen’s life.

May angels lead her into Paradise.

An outdoor Memorial Service will be held in the Memorial Garden of Hope Church, 77 West 11th Street Holland MI 49423 on Friday, July 31 at 10:00 in the morning.

In lieu of flowers, a gift in Ellen’s memory may be made to Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd., Holland. MI, 49423, or Hope Church, 77 West 11th Street, Holland, MI, 49423.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020


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Steve Bouman

July 31, 2020

Rest in Peace, Ms E. I'll treasure all the good memories........with a southern accent.

Gail Venner

July 30, 2020

Ahhhhh.....my friend, my friend. It seems as though I have always loved your voice, your ability to talk to anyone about themselves and draw them out....you wisdom, your kindness. We were the only full time evening nurses in ICU way back then, and we became fast friends, supporting each other through one disaster after another. We convinced each other graduate school would be great, and then nearly got kicked out of statistics for eating cookies and giggling in the back of the class. We cried together when it was clear pregnancy was not in your cards, I shared my two babies with you, honored to have you be their Godmother, and you were always there for them.....visits to “our lake”, graduations, a wedding. Luckily that relationship benefited you too as The Godfather became a close and dear friend for you as well. I was so happy for you when you could give up the endless struggle to work far from where you lived, you told me retirement was delicious.....no one deserved it more than you. You beat the odds so many times, you kept winning......because you were a gracious and determined and loved person. You will be missed, mydear friend

bonnie savage

July 30, 2020

Ellen is a precious niece who shared her home in Holland with us for many a happy visit as we shared our home here in Athens, Ohio, gladly with her. We are thankful for the happy memories and for the assurance that we will meet again in a better world...we love you, Ellen! Bonnie Savage

Lainah Hanson

July 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellen and writing about her life in 2018. Her perspective was unique, with hints of wisdom in every experience. She was truly inspiring and such a fighter. Most of all, she exuded love for her friends and faith in God. I’m thankful for the friendship she shared with my mother, who loved her so dearly.

Andrea Crossman

July 27, 2020

My dear Ms E. So many beautiful memories.

Tom Volkema

July 27, 2020

Will always miss those good 'ol days,,,,,especially your spur-of-the-moment "Let's grab lunch." REQUIEM AETERNUM, dear friend. CHORUS ANGELORUM TE SUCIPIAT

Jean Osterhaven

July 26, 2020

Ellen was a wonderful leader, mentor, and friend during my years of working with her on the ICU/CCU at Holland Hospital.
I will always remember as a person of loyalty, trustworthiness,
and a leader who treated her employees with utmost respect.
She was a joy to work for!
Rest In Peace, Dear Friend.

David Strand

July 25, 2020

You are remembered

Deborah Witherspoon McFatter

July 23, 2020

From junior high years, you at White Station and I at East, both of us attending the same churches and Bible camp, vacationing at Ft Walton Beach, starting at Moody the year of another massive national unrest, into adulthood...our weddings, then scattered visits over many years and many upheavals.... losing our mums who had been close friends in 2006 within a month of each other, watching from across the country as you soldiered on with the cancer....a lifetime of memories. Go softly, dear friend, Ellen. Enter the Light. Love, Debbi

Kathryn Birck

July 23, 2020

I met Ellen at Miracle Bible Camp when we both were teens..What a fun friend she was! Beautiful, funny, just a joy to be with! May God bless and comfort her family at this time..She's dancing in joy in Heaven! Kathryn Drew Birck


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