Jane Louise Ellis, 74, sailed off to her next Safe Harbor Friday, June 17. Her crew will be so excited to see her.
Jane was born June 19, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan to the late Myron and Georgia (Parrish) Post. She attended Battle Creek schools, graduating from Battle Creek Central in 1965. She was employed for a time with the Department of Agriculture, then spent 24 years with Kellogg's, first in Battle Creek, and then in Charlotte, N.C.
Jane was passionate about everything she did. When she lived and worked in Michigan, she kept a 21- and then a 25-foot sailboat in South Haven, Michigan. She and her first mate, son Thomas L Pearson Jr. (TJ) spent virtually every weekend on her boat. She developed life-long friendships with the rowdy crowd on Lake Michigan. The water (unsalted, please) was a lifelong love of hers, as was being on the water with her friends, like the Salty Sisters. She also played on a “Senior” soccer team, and had great stories with the “Soccer Girls.”
After TJ graduated from high school, she accepted a position with Kellogg's in a new sales office in
Charlotte, N.C., working in Customer Service. She always hated leaving beautiful southwest Michigan, but took every opportunity to go back and visit her special friends. In Charlotte, she met Ed on a backup blind date, and the two started a beautiful relationship. After she retired from Kellogg's in 1996, they moved to Marietta, Georgia and Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She married Ed in 1997, becoming the Wicked Stepmother (WSM) to Drew.
Then, her passion for artistic expression really blossomed. She was always frustrated that her Dad wouldn't let her attend Art School when she was younger, but through years of experimenting and self-teaching, she perfected her techniques in art and stained glass, was an excellent seamstress, and did particularly creative ceramic tile. Her real passion was interior decorating. She started a business, Jane's Posh Post, and did faux finishes, tile, furniture painting, and all kinds of “embellishments.” She had a sense of color and style that was always unique and beautiful. There are many examples of her work in great houses in St. Petersburg. The houses she and Ed owned were always a showcase for her works. She was also an avid therapeutic clown for St. Anthony's Hospital for several years. Her energy and passion for her interests and helping other people were boundless.
But, the major passion in her life was always her friends. She had circles of long-time friends everywhere she went – from Michigan Salty Sisters and Porch Girls to Jacksonville, St. Petersburg (Sassy Sisters), Sarasota, and finally to Conover. She (and Ed) has met the most wonderful people who will remain friends forever. Wherever she was, she always attracted great people who liked to have a good time
Jane was preceded in death by her Mother and Father; son TJ; and sister Sandra Fredrickson.
She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Ed; by sister Nina (Stan) Urbanik of Fairfield Glades, Tenn.; stepson Drew (Sam) Ellis of Philadelphia, Pa.; and daughter-in-law Lauren Pearson of Bridgman, Mich.; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She will be greatly missed by those who were lucky enough to know her. She valued everyone. She was compassionate, committed to maintaining and nurturing relationships, and completely devoted to family and friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life in Conover in July, and a scattering of her ashes in August on Lake Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Carolina Caring Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Ellis family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com
Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Ellis family.