OBITUARY

Denise Renee Ellison

June 22, 1957July 4, 2019
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Denise Renee Morris-Beaudette-Ellison A Cancer, born on June 22, 1957, delighted in digging in the soil, or loving on one of the kitties I’ve had over the years. I want them mentioned: Fritzy, Kendall, Ritz, Canon, Polo, Zero, Habibi, Pele, Pukka, Shasta, Sierra, River, and Rain. Not to mention a few dogs: Tina, Bitsko, Clyde, Zachary and Tara. These animals loved me fiercely! Husbands Bo (1979-1985) and Jeff (11-21-87 to forever) were the greatest of guys and I was so lucky to not have married some of the others along the way! Oh, did I mention my sense of humor? It was crazy, sometimes inappropriate, but always ready to put someone at ease or make a story a little bit more entertaining. Creating landscapes was a labor of love but I helped friends with their designs and even had one paying job for a neighbor! There were never enough plants, bushes, or trees—but there were always plenty of weeds. Jeff called me many sweet names and, for over 28 years I know he too has loved me, counselled me, supported me and was always my mentor thru life. He helped me with common sense anecdotes (but not always in time for some situations)!!! My best friend was always my Mom, Juanita; and my Sister, Linda, and Mother-in-Law, Fran, were close seconds. Many girlfriends around the country-too many to list-but they let me do my thing but were always ready to go out, party, dine in, or invite over. Thank you. I’d like any memories, acts of kindness, or donations to animal shelters to be paid forward.

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  • Celebration of Life with Reception to follow Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Denise Renee Ellison

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Cara Deblinger

July 11, 2019

Denise was a mentor in many ways over the years. She always encouraged me to do my best and stood ground that I could achieve anything. We would have monthly lunchones where we caught up on the out of work gossip and trade spices from all over the world. We shared a love of travel and would often compare notes as to where and what new adventures awaits. Well, this is one adventure you beat me to and I hope it's the most magical yet. RIP Denise💚
Jeff, my heart goes out to you and your family. Sorry I couldn't be here today but, I am with all my heart.

Pat Lampkin

July 10, 2019

I will always remember Denise’s smile and her love for cooking, (especially the awesome grits casserole). Always remember I love you nephew and I pray for your strength in the days to come.

Karey Thornton

July 10, 2019

I keep waiting for Denise to invite the WSTIP/WSTA girls and I to her house where we will admire her garden, eat some delicious and beautiful food she pulled out of her imagination, and talk about how weird this last week has been. I still can't believe that won't happen. Seeing this website was so offensive at first because that meant Denise is truly not in this world anymore. She wrangled two of my boys to work in her yard as well. I'm pretty sure everyone she knew with teenage boys was asked at one point or another, lol! Denise always had a creative scheme up her sleeve which she pursued with passion and enthusiasm. During the four or so years I shared an office with her, she never tired of encouraging, admonishing, and championing me, my family, and my own dreams. It was just a natural part of who she was. She fiercely loved, encouraged, and celebrated the people in her life and I am a different and better person for having been one of them.

Elaine Taylor

July 9, 2019

Jeff
It has been a few years since I last saw you two. It didn't dampen the shock when Caroline Craig shared the sad news of Denise's passing. As usual when someone passes away, I start going through my photo archives - I have attached one of my favourite pictures that capture her wonderful smile and warm laugh. This was from a Christmas party where the other ladies had to decorate us as Christmas trees.
Our sincere sympathy to you and her mum.
Elaine and Paul Taylor

Caroline Craig

July 9, 2019

My goodness. Denise and I were neighbors and friends while she lived on Summerfield Lp. We worked together on the HOA. We shared families. We had parties and dinners. We did everything together! Even when they moved, we loved her gardens and her talents as an artist. I have one of her crocheted blankets. I loved her decorating sense. I loved her mother, Juanita! And, I still do! Denise and Jeff always were there for me. She was always volunteering her husband to do something like fix my roof. Poor Jeff. They were the best couple ever. They loved each other so much. I am so sad that Denise died so young. I love Denise. I pray for Jeff. I pray for Juanita. Denise lived life to her fullest. I love you, Denise. I know you are in the next phase of our Christian lives!

Carolyn Duncan

July 9, 2019

I literally just 2 minutes ago learned of Denise's passing. I felt something was wrong when I wished Denise a Happy Birthday and never heard back. Denise was most definitely a friend that was inspiring, full of positive encouragement and though I left WA over 9 years ago, we have continued to stay in touch via emails and Facebook all these years. She would always let me know of any opening with WSTIP with hopes of having me back in WA. While living in WA Denise & Jeff welcomed us into their home on many occasions where her beautiful yard was always admired. She even hired our son to do some work for her as well as for the WSTIP office for extra money and raved about how well he followed instructions-and we all know Denise could give the instructions! :-)
Jeff & Family: how my heart aches for you all for I know her absence will be hard because of the amazing light she was to so many. I pray that the MANY wonderful memories you all have made with Denise over the years will be what helps you through this trying time. Jeff - I know that Denise loved you so very much and you made her very happy - I remember her always bragging on you and I remember the way she looked at you. Even years later her emails always mentioned you Jeff. I can imagine she would love to be remembered smiling, happy, and traveling . I just know this latest journey she has taken must be the most spectacular of them all as she meets Jesus in person. May God Himself cover each of you with His love for each of you and give you comfort and peace.
Sending our love, thoughts & prayers from Alabama,
Carolyn Duncan & Family

Shannie Jenkins

July 8, 2019

My deepest condolences. I just heard about Denise's passing, and am heartbroken. Denise was such a mentor to me working on our system with events and claim. She was a go-getter and helped me in so many areas in my job. I will always remember our Claims Conferences that she put together. She knew I loved the Salish Lodge and requested that place often LOL. I loved Denise and I am so sorry to hear of her leaving way too early. God bless you Denise!! Thanks for the laughs :)

Jerry Spears

July 5, 2019

Dear Jeff:
Stacey, Max, Justin and I are saddened to hear of Denise’s passing and we offer our deepest condolences. I want to share with you briefly some of the ways she touched our lives. She was always kind to Max and Justin. She and you were gracious hosts whenever we visited your home. Her passion for having a beautiful yard inspired us to take better care of our yard. She was a world traveler which I greatly admired. Her strong relationship with her mother was something we all wished we had with our parents. Most importantly, her enduring commitment to her relationship with you is worthy of great respect.
I also want to touch on some of her legacies at WSTIP that I remember. She created the yearly Claims Coordinator conference. She was probably the best auto subrogation person I have ever seen. She was an excellent mentor to Karey Thornton while she worked in the Claims Department. She had a good sense of humor and was truly committed to the WSTIP mission of reducing members cost of risk.
Again, our deepest condolences over Denise’s passing.
Kindest regards,

Jerry

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