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ELLIS, Rachelle Marie

August 13, 1972 – Calgary, Alberta
December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Rachelle Marie Ellis of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Rachelle was born and raised in Calgary. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree and was a Registered Nurse for over twenty four years. Rachelle began her nursing career at the Drumheller Hospital. Here she met the love of her life, Shane and were united in holy matrimony in 1998. They soon moved to Calgary where Rachelle continued her career at the Foothills Hospital Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. During this time they welcomed their three amazing children into the world. Most recently, Rachelle was helping patients in chronic pain/headache clinics. Her quiet, confident demeanor and compassionate heart was appreciated by her patients and colleagues.

Rachelle enjoyed time with her family above all else. Camping, travelling, and just being together as a family brought her joy. Her love and support nurtured connections throughout her extended family. As well, Rachelle was generous with her time, engaged in supporting the activities of her children, her community and her church.

Rachelle is survived by her husband Shane; sons Jack and Owen; daughter Amy. Rachelle is also survived by her mother Margaret (Ron) Evans; brother Randy (Karin) Kerr, their children Jenessa, Kevin and Chad; sister Rhonda Kerr (Leonard Kampel) and her children Grace, Reilly and Sam; mother-in-law Helen Ellis, sister-in-law Shona Ellis and her children Zakry and Nate.

Rachelle was predeceased by her father James Kerr and her grandparents Orville and Christina Aasen and Esther Kerr.

The family is very thankful for the kind and caring support received from friends, neighbors and the staff on unit 47 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Funeral Services will be held at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (8831 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rachelle Ellis Fund through the Calgary Stampede Foundation at http://foundation.calgarystampede.com/

In living memory of Rachelle Ellis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Bonnie & Peter Hickey :

    To all of Rachelle’s family our deepest condolences. Treasure memories of happy times to help you through times of sadness & sorrow.
    Big hugs from Bonnie & Peter

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  2. Shane and family. I am sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. This to is a journey but know we are here for you and will be your support in the days, weeks and months ahead. May You be surrounded by peace and love.

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  3. Larry Anderson :

    Shane: I am shocked to learn of Rachelle’s passing. Although we haven’t seen each other for a while I was interested to follow your families progress through Facebook. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Larry Anderson

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  4. Shane,

    We extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know our hearts are with you and your children.

    Melissa & John Lenz

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  5. Shane, Jack, Owen and Amy
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife and mother… my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss and mourning… keep each other close and take care of each other… family and friends is what gets you through a time like this… sorry for your loss

    Kim Chalcroft- friend

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  6. Nichole & Brody Elliott :

    Dear Shane & kids
    You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

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  7. Barbara Long and Garth Drever :

    Dear Shane, Jack, Owen, Amy and family, Garth and I are so sorry for your loss. We cannot imagine how much pain and sorrow you are enduring. We will always remember what an exceptional kind, generous, loving woman Rachelle was. Love Barbara and Garth

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  8. Dear Shane and family. . . Words can not adequately express my sadness at the loss of Rachelle. I always admired your closeness as a family, your togetherness. May that strength bring comfort. Hold her close in your hearts and remember the wonderful times.
    With heartfelt prayers, love and support.

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  9. Amber Den Hoed :

    Shane And Family.

    I am so sorry to hear about Rachelle’s passing. May you find comfort in each other and in your memories that you made over the years. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers..

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  10. Leona wodynski, (Acadia fitness) :

    Marg, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am thinking of you and your family. My deepest condolences to you. You are in my prayers. God keep you and your loved ones courageous!

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  11. I am so saddened by the loss of such a kind and gentle person. I had the privilege of working with Rachelle in the CCU. She will be missed by those who knew her and loved her. May you have peace in the memories you will have. My heart goes out to you.

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  12. Lasha Gingerysty :

    My deepest sympathies to you, Shane your children and the Ellis family. Rachelle touched so many hearts though her kindness, her grace and her beautiful smile. May she Rest In Peace.
    Lasha Gingerysty

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  13. Kirsten Proceviat :

    Shane, I’m so sorry to hear this news. My thought are with you and your children at this time. May you take comfort in the many wonderful memories you made as a family.

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  14. Shane, Jack, Owen, Amy and Margaret,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your families. Rachelle was truly an amazing women, mother and friend that will be missed dearly. May you always cherish the wonderful memories.

    Hugs to you all

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  15. Colleen Matthews :

    Dear Margaret, Rhonda and extended family of Rachelle.
    Words cannot adequately express the sorrow on learning of Rachelle’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad and difficult time.
    Colleen Matthews
    Calgary

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  16. The Matthews family :

    Shane and family. We are extremely saddened to learn of Rachelle’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family members at this most difficult time.

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  17. Marsha Fernley :

    Shane and the kidlets. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rachelle. She was such a kind and generous person. I am sure you must be devastated. It is just not fair! Thank you always for being her love and support. Marsha

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  18. Lucie & Martin Corriveau :

    Shane and Family,
    A devastating loss to you and your family. Our hearts are broken with you. We share in your sadness, and know that you are surrounded by love. With deepest sympathies, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  19. Daphnine Di Lillo :

    Dear Shane & Family

    Our deepest condolences go out to you and all who loved Rachelle. Please know that all of us from the CS Showriders are thinking of you and your family.

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  20. Love from London and I. We hold you in our hearts.

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  21. The Sheridan Family :

    Shane, Jack, Owen & Amy and the entire family. Our hearts are broken at the news of Rachelle’s passing. She was such a kind and caring person, Heaven has earned a beautiful Angel. May God embrace you and comfort your during this difficult time. May Rachelle’s soul forever be at peace.
    Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

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  22. I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Rachelle through the chronic pain centre, and she was truly wonderful.

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  23. Denis Wanda Tario :

    Our Sincere Condolences for your incredible loss Shane and family, our many thoughts are deep with you all!! Denis ,Wanda and the Tario Family

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  24. Scott Holland :

    Shane, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I know how important your loved ones are to you, keep them close and the memories closer.

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  25. Carrie Sieben :

    My deepest sympathy for you Shane, Jack, Owen, Amy & the Ellis family. Rachelle always has a special place in my heart. Her kind, compassionate, patient ways & her loving bright smile will always be remembered. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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  26. Kelly and Sharla Boyko :

    Shane, Jack, Owen, Amy, and family,
    Our deepest sympathies, our hearts break for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love.

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  27. Jim and Jean Arrowsmith :

    Dear Shane, Jack, Owen and Amy,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you on the loss of a wonderful wife and mother. We feel blessed to have known her. Please know that you can count on us as neighbors and friends.

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  28. Laura & Ian Vernon :

    Thinking of you and your family. My deepest condolences.

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  29. Rob and Loreli Siewert :

    We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  30. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
    Always in my heart, sweet colleague and friend.

    With heartfelt sympathy.

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  31. Jeanne and Dave Odynski :

    Shane, Jack, Owen and Amy……there are no words to express how saddened we are that this beautiful person was taken away from you. Keep trying to remember all the good times you shared together…….

    Big hugs to you all,
    Dave and Jeanne

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  32. Jennifer Laughy :

    Dear Rhonda and family,

    Gord and I are so sorry to hear about Rachelle. We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Sending our love.

    Sincerely,

    Gord and Jen

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  33. Rachel Taylor :

    Shane and Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear that Rachelle passed away. She was one of the nicest and sweetest nurses I have ever worked with. Always calm, always pleasant and always the first person to lend a hand. This is such a huge loss.
    Thinking of you all.
    Rachel

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  34. Sherry MacGillivray :

    Shane,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Keep strong for Jack, Owen and Amy. My thoughts are with you!
    Sherry – friend

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  35. Ida Grace Long :

    Dear Shane,Jack,Owen and Amy,sending deepest sympathy to you all and to Margaret and family.Rachelle was a very special person and you will miss her terribly.Try to remember the happy times and you had lots of those. Love from Auntie Ida Grace

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  36. Shane,
    It’s always difficult to find words to say during such a devastating time. Simply said, it just sucks.
    I didn’t get a chance to get to know her or your family, but through emergency services – we connect and feel each others joy and sorrows, true?
    I know you and your family will be upheld through the what will seem like, an endless roller-coaster of emotions. You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  37. Rosemarie and Eric Enokson :

    Our sincerest thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  38. Alderson Family :

    Shane and Family,
    We are sadden to hear of Rachelle’s passing and so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Eric, Maria & Sara Alderson

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  39. Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Rachelle. Remembering all the good times and wonderful things about Rachelle will help you get through this very difficult time.
    Continued prayers for you and your family.
    God Bless
    Rhonda F.

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  40. Maureen Stewart :

    Shane, I am so very sorry to learn of Rachelle’s passing. It is incomprehensible to lose her light in this world, my condolences to you and your family. I was privileged to know Rachelle as an exemplary, kind and compassionate nurse; but most of all a beautiful person. You are held in my thoughts and prayers.

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  41. Veronique Giry :

    Dear Rhonda,
    My thoughts and deepest condolences to you and all your loved ones in these difficult times.
    Veronique

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  42. Don & Corinna Meckelborg :

    Our family is so very sad to hear about Rachelle’s passing. We will remember her kindness. We’re praying for peace and wisdom for Shane and dear little ones during this difficult time.

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  43. Andrea Turik(Hinch) :

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family Shane. We were deeply saddened to hear this news. If there is anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask.

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  44. My heart goes out to all of you. Words are just not enough to express how sorry I am for your loss. Rachelle was a beautiful person in every way and was a wonderful nursing colleague.
    Hugs to everyone.

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  45. Shane, Jack, Owen and Amy,

    We are so saddened to hear about Rachelle. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lori, Kendra and Alex Rowe

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  46. Dear Shane and family: I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Wife and Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to connect with me if there is anything you need.
    Carla Stiles

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  47. Shane,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

    Lisa Parsons

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  48. Kelly, Jennifer, Lauren, Ashlyn & Killian :

    Shane, Jack, Owen & Amy,

    Our hearts are breaking with you as you mourn the loss of Rachelle. She was a precious friend and such a positive person in our lives. We will cherish the fun times together and los queremos a todos.

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  49. Shane and family so sorry ..I sure loved Rachelle and her kind gentle heart..she left a legacy of love

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  50. Shane, I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your wife, Rachelle. It sounds like she was a wonderful nurse and a wonderful human. My thoughts are with you.

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  51. Dear Shane and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about this tragic loss of your beautiful wife, mother and daughter. Please know you have been in our thoughts and will continue to be. With sympathy, Harlow Family

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  52. Holly Vaselenak :

    Shane and family,
    There are no words of comfort that can fill the loss you are all experiencing. Know that every time you think of Rachelle that she will be kept alive in your heart through spirit, and that this will bring you all some peace in time. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to you all.
    With sympathy,
    Holly Vaselenak & SZ E/DM

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  53. Shane, Jack, Owen and Amy: We are tremendously saddened by Rachelle’s passing. Rachelle was a kind, caring, calm and selfless person. With a gentle and humble presence, she put herself 2nd in service to others and for so many worthwhile causes. Rachelle brought peace and comfort to those around her, in everything she did. We have spent time sharing fond memories of Rachelle. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. With deepest sympathies and condolences, The Todd Family.

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  54. Silvia, Katia, and Alessia Allan :

    Shane, Jack, Owen, Amy
    It’s very hard to lose someone you love dearly. Rachelle was a kind, beautiful woman. Even though she is out of sight she will never be out of your hearts. Everywhere you look, you’ll see her beauty infused in everything and you’ll feel her close by. Please know our hearts go out to you and we are here to lean on. Sending our prayers and condolences.

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  55. We are so sorry to hear about this great loss in your family. Praying for all of you.

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  56. Dear Shane and family,
    Sending you all big hugs ..
    I just donated to the Rachelle Ellis fund -what a great way to honour the kindest person that I have ever met..
    I am so sad ..Sending you all love and hugs ..
    Karen

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  57. Leslie Poirier :

    My deepest condolences to your family. Rachelle was a wonderful person, fantastic colleague and will be missed.

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  58. Shane I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Rachelle. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Greg

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  59. Dearest Shane and family,
    We’re so sorry for your deep loss and will pray for you all during this difficult time. I always admired Rachelle and was saddened to hear of her passing. Thinking of your family brings me fond memories of our early days in EMS, and meeting at your place to discuss shoebox stuff when Jack was just a baby. Kev will be at the funeral today but I’m sorry I couldn’t join him.
    Much love and prayers,
    Dana and Kevin

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  60. Hey Shane,

    I did not know your wife was sick. Very sorry for your loss. Cancer is a terrible disease. We dealing with it in our family as well. Take good care, I hope you can find some peace and have a good Christmas.

    Chad

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  61. Dear Shane and Family,
    It was a privilege to work with Rachelle in CCU. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jamie

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  62. Laura & David Perks :

    Our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Rachelle. Your family is being held in love and prayer.

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  63. Marc Hamoline :

    Shane and family, on behalf of my wife Deana and I are deepest condolences to you. You are in our prayers and thoughts during this time of sorrow. May God watch over you all and give comfort.

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  64. Sherry Larlham :

    I am deeply saddened by Rachelle’s passing. She was truly a kind and caring person that will be missed by all.
    Sincere condolences go out to the family.
    Sherry

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