March 26, 1948 – December 8, 2020
Ellen Esther (Walker) Dine was born to Edward Nelson Walker and Vina-Mae (Frayley) Walker on March 26, 1948. Although, her 3 older sisters, Evelyn Davis, Geneva Canfield and Bethany Davis were positive their little sister had been born in 1947, Ellen was quick to point out that the hand written records in Grayling clearly stated 1948. She moved to Kingsley and became the foster child of the Wilson family. Ellen often spoke of the joy of living on a farm in her childhood and how lucky she was to have found such a kind family. Kingsley is also where she met and married the love of her life, her husband of 42 years, Frank Donald Dine. Frank created quite a scandal when, at the age of 12, he walked Ellen to the bus and let her know that someday they were going to be married. He was right. At the age of 18 the two were married and went on to have nine children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Ellen enjoyed a long career with Munson Medical Center retiring in 2000. She worked in many units over the years and was well known within the Munson family. Ellen loved her animals. She enjoyed riding horses and raising all different types of farm animals on her mini-farm. Later in life, Ellen spent her falls at the mini-farm telling ghost stories as Grandma Witch. She found great joy in her dogs, including showing her champion Great Dane Pharaoh. Ellen was a beautiful person with a lovely laugh. She was the mom in the neighborhood that always collected extra family with many honorary kids. Ellen would often tell everyone about her tenth child Wade McKetrick and was close with her nephew Mathew Morden. She taught those around her to work hard and enjoy the moments we have and never to put too many nails in a project as she was just going to change it the next year anyway. Ellen is preceded in death by her father, mother and sisters, her husband, Frank Donald Dine, and son Christopher James Dine. Ellen is survived by eight children, Frank Dine II (spouse Kathy Telfor), Michelle Dine, Donald Dine (spouse Karla Weinrick), Robyn Dine, Shane Dine, Desirae Dine, Shanna Dine and Justin Dine (spouse Rebekah McClew). Her grandchildren, James Dine, Madison Dine, Amarra Dine, Elaina Dine and Aaron Dine. Ellen is also survived by her greatgrandchildren Payton, Frank and Layne Dine, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a graveside memorial service in the spring of 2021, if permitted. Donations in memory of Ellen can be directed to the Munson general patient fund.
January 17, 2021
She had a heart of gold no matter how many times it was tested. She was always my safe haven growing up. Too many memories to say but one that sticks out to me the most is the time she put into my education at a young age when I lacked the recourses to be where I needed to be. I will forever miss your chili on Halloween nights, Your Halloween spirt, your soft voice singing country oldies, your love for animals, your sometimes too out of this world projects, your tape player for books playing through the nights I’d sleep on your couch, I will miss you until we meet again Grandma. I love you
December 27, 2020
I was so sorry to read of Ellen’s death just now. I had the pleasure of working with Ellen on “SW2” during the afternoon shift back in the early 90’s. She was a hoot, to say the very least! Hardly a shift would go by that one of her kids would check in with her and we’d be entertained by family antics. My deepest condolences to Ellen’s family. She was a true, old-fashioned gem with a heart of gold. May she Rest In Peace.
December 25, 2020
Ellen, I will always remember you fondly as you helped me when I started my veterinary career. I was honored to be Pharoah’s veterinarian as he became a champion. Thanks you for many fond memories...
December 17, 2020
My Aunt was one of my favorite people. She made me a skirt when I was a majorette that was fantastic and made me feel extra special, because her design was better then what the others on my squad wore. She gave me some of the happiest summers of my childhood when I was able to stay with her.
She introduced me to my husband of 38 years, Glen I. Dine. I Loved being able to tell people she was my aunt and my sister-in-law. She had a fabulous smile and that will be missed.
December 17, 2020
An adventurer, an imagineer, and an Elvis lover til the end.💜
December 16, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Love - Your DRF Family
December 14, 2020
Enjoyed your mom so much at Munson. She shared stories of her kids and her Great Danes. She was a pleasure to work with and I will miss her smile.