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Eleanor "Ellie" Reser
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Eleanor “Ellie” Reser was born August 10, 1935, in Indiana and passed away March 5, 2018, in Virginia. Her family lived in Sierra Leone, California, and Oregon early in her life and then returned to Indiana where she attended high school and nursing school.

She moved to Olive Hill and then Morehead, Kentucky, with her husband Donald Holloway. She worked as a school nurse and as a nurse in a doctor’s office, a nursing administrator at a local convalescent center, and as a home health nurse through St. Claire Medical Center. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University, she served as a clinical instructor in Morehead State University’s nursing program. She was a member of the Morehead United Methodist Church and later Faith Presbyterian Church, she served on Morehead City Council, and as she often said, “had given half of the county its shots.”

Later, she married Richard Reser. They moved to Durango, Colorado, where Ellie periodically worked at a nursing facility in Chinle, Arizona, serving the Navajo people. The impact of their time in Chinle was evident in Ellie’s writing, the art in her home, her interest in spinning and weaving, and her deepening study of the impact of religion in health and well-being. After returning to Morehead, Ellie joined the nursing staff of St. Claire’s Hospice and ended her professional career as a hospice chaplain. She moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, in 2007, became the “mayor” of Dogwood Circle in Warm Hearth Village, joined the community of Northside Presbyterian Church, and gave her time generously to friends and neighbors.

Ellie was a loving wife and mother, Memaw, and GG and the best mother-in-law in the world; a good and faithful friend, teacher, and mentor; flower gardener and crafter; creative writer and deep thinker; and a devoted servant of God.

Preceded in death by parents Clarence and Erma Carlson, sister Emily Carlson Ware, and husband Richard M. Reser. Survived by Brother Burton Carlson (Andrea Wood). Daughter Lisa May (Don), grandchildren Aaron May (Emily) and Sarah McGinnis (Brandon), and greatgrandchildren Nixon, Teller, and Otto May and Allie and Elijah McGinnis. Daughter Rachel Holloway (Robert E. Denton, Jr.) and grandsons Bobby (Christen) and Chris (Sarah). Sons William Reser and Richard Reser (Carolyn) and their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Warm Hearth Foundation, 2603 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Morehead with Rev. Mary Reed officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals prior to the service at the church.

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