Elvera E. Ellis

January 20, 1931 - August 6, 2018
Elvera E. Ellis

On Monday August 6, 2018 Elvera (Vera) Ellis a resident of Zephyrhills,FL formally of Blackwood, NJ passed away suddenly at the age of 87.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ellis and 8 siblings.
She is survived by her 2 daughters, Debbie Ellis Leff and her husband Ken of Zephyrhills, FL and Cindy Ellis Dougherty and her husband Rob of Conowingo, MD.
She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Vera was a devoted Navy wife and a loving Mother and Grandmother. Some of her favorite things were collecting birdhouses, watching her birds at the bird feeder, gardening, and spending time with family at the pool and sitting on her veranda.
Vera will be interned at Arlington Cemetery at a later date.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…


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