General News · 15th October 2019
Virginia (Ginnie) Hazel Ellingsen
February 19, 1941 to October 14, 2019
Ginnie passed away at home on October 14th, Thanksgiving Day, just before 11am, surrounded by family and a few close friends. She departed in complete peace and acceptance, of sound mind even as her body failed, and as always, dignified and in charge to the last. Through the grief, there was also laughter up to the very end - once again showing us how to live fully, even in tough times.
The eldest of 4, Ginnie was born to Hazel and George Wilson of Ossett, a small town in West Yorkshire, England. She took up nursing at age 18 at Leeds General Infirmary, continuing throughout her life to be compassionately concerned with the welfare of others. She met her future husband Bruce on an overland bus trip from London to Kathmandu in 1965 and, after time in India, back in the UK and then Tasmania, she and their first son Daniel sailed across the Pacific in 1969 to be welcomed by Bruce and his family in Vancouver. They were married in Redroofs on the Sunshine Coast the next day and arrived on Cortes Island the one following.
With Bruce, Ginnie made Cortes her home for over 50 years, most of which was on Reef Point Farm, where they raised their four sons; Daniel, David, Trygve, and Tor. For friends, family and strangers alike there was always a warm welcome on the farm and few left unchanged for the better. She found joy in giving. In the weeks before her passing Ginnie received many, many letters, emails and cards from those recalling the lasting, positive impact she had on their lives. A generous, dignified and un-pretentious woman, she felt overwhelmed by this outpouring; a reflection of the lifetime of love, care and support she gave freely now returned to her in the span of a few weeks.
Ginnie leaves behind her beloved husband Bruce; her sons and their partners Tor & Kate, Trygve & Laura, David & Marc and Daniel & Matt; her grandsons Jeremy, Oliver, & partner Kai, and Ira, & partner Maddie; Ezra, Angus, and their mother Katie; and great-grandchildren Kaelyn Mae and Kyler Vincent and their mother Tanisha.
There will be a Graveside Service for Ginnie at Mansons Cemetery on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:30am. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately at Mansons Hall at 12 noon.
Ginnie, salt of the earth
Comment by Nancy Silver on 20th October 2019
My heart goes out to the entire family. Ginnie was such a beautiful spirit. Her heart was as wide as her quick smile. She radiated warmth, kindness and great capability. She always made me feel so welcome. My mother stayed with Ginnie and Bruce at Reef Point Farm on my mom's first visit to Cortes. Ginnie was so gracious. I will never forget her hospitality, openness, and her COOKIES!!! Her home smelled always of some gourmet treat about to pop out of the oven. She was an icon of a grounded island woman. I feel honored to have known Ginnie.
Comment by Nina on 18th October 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Ginnie was a very special person with a warm and loving heart. My love and prayers go out to all the Ellingsen family.
Comment by Sandra Wood on 18th October 2019
Ginnie is such a beloved island icon, to me she feels like everyone's mother and grandmother, a beautiful, graceful, and generous soul. I like to imagine her surrounded with fragrant roses creating a brand new heavenly garden. Sending love to the entire Ellingsen Family from the Woods. ~ Sandra & Philip
Our thoughts with you
Comment by Ashe and the Biela family on 17th October 2019
From an anchorage in Southern California our hearts and prayers are with you, Bruce and family. A strong and beautiful presence will be missed on Cortes.
Rest In Peace, Ginnie.
A rare and shining spirit
Comment by Ian Ross on 17th October 2019
What’s the measure of a life? Hard to say - different, I suppose, for everyone who answers - and yet there are those rare few folk among us who, when they pass beyond our realm, leave us all feeling diminished and in grief, though grateful for having felt their presence in our lives.
Ginnie Ellingsen was one of these: a rare and shining soul who shall be most deeply missed and whose leaving here leaves us all the lesser for her loss.
Condolences to Bruce, to Tor and Trygve and Daniel and David, and to all of theirs. And fare well, Ginnie: fare you well.
Ian and Anne-Lise.
Comment by Laurel Bohart on 17th October 2019
Ginnie was one of most amazing and loving human beings to grace this island. Tom and I will miss her dearly. Our love and thanksgiving to her and to her family for all the joy she brought to her community.
Comment by Scott Mercs on 17th October 2019
Ginnie always made me feel good. She was always friendly to me, and passed that onto her boys, who are similar. The profound effect of her personality and love will always fill the quiet, beautiful spaces of Cortes Island. My prayers to Bruce, the boys and families, and friends.
Comment by Gabriel Dinim on 17th October 2019
My condolences for your loss of one of the most gracious human being I have ever met.
It is our loss also
Comment by Cali Waddell on 17th October 2019
My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beautiful Mother, Wife, Grandmother, and Friend. I didn't know her well but whenever I saw her she had a smile on her face and in her heart. We are all diminished by her departure.
Condolences re Ginnie Ellingsen
Comment by Evy Mattson Werner on 17th October 2019
I am so sorry Bruce, to hear about your loss. I hope you can find comfort in your loving family at this difficult time.
Beautiful Human Being.
Comment by Samantha Statton on 16th October 2019
My world was richer for having known Ginnie, I'm grateful for her friendship. I loved her dearly. I miss you. Heartfelt hugs to all the family.
Comment by Karen Graham on 16th October 2019
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of Ginnie's life. She was/is a special person who will live on in the minds and stories of those who knew her. We are so sorry for your loss. Robby & Karen Graham
Good by to a great lady
Comment by norberto on 16th October 2019
My deepest sympathies to Bruce and all the Ellingsen family.
Ginnie was a great lady and she will terribly missed.
I am so sorry dear friends,
Comment by Lois Ellingsen Ladderud on 16th October 2019
Bruce and family,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Ginnie. Treasure all the many memories you have and it is too bad that we never made it up to Cortez Island again. That was a long time ago that we brought my father, Clarence Ellingsen up to your island for a celebration for Elmer and May Ellingsen.
Alf and Lois Ladderud
Comment by Nicola on 16th October 2019
A beautiful testimonial to a beautiful human being. We are the poorer in this world without Ginnie. So very sorely missed. My deepest condolences to her family and many friends. Farewell and Godspeed, dear Ginnie.
Thank you David
Comment by patricia on 16th October 2019
Beautifully written. I have never met anyone as special as Ginnie. The many cards and letters she received must have created a loving bridge for her to know how cherished she was and to help her leave with grace and dignity, as was always her way. My thoughts are with all of her family and friends.