July 6, 1950 ~ December 2, 2021

Born in: Gaston Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Marlene Dills Ellis, 71, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the CarePartners Solace Center, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

A native of Gaston Co., NC, Marlene was a daughter of the late Clint and Bobbie Lowery Dills. She was also preceded in death by her son, Mark Ellis, and by her brothers David, Steve and Paul Dills.

Mrs. Ellis graduated from AB Tech with an Associates Degree in Nursing and from MAHEC, Asheville, in association with UNC-Chapel Hill, as a Family Nurse Practitioner. For 44 years, she was a dedicated and compassionate nurse, serving 43 years with Mountain Kidney & Associates.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Richard Ellis; daughter, Kimberly Burchfield; grandchildren, Shawn Ellis (Ansley) and Ryan Burchfield; great-granddaughter, Isabella Ellis; sister, Karen Falls (Freddie); and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Brooks Family Cemetery, Candler.

Services

Visitation: December 6, 2021 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: December 6, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: December 6, 2021 3:00 pm

Brooks Family Cemetery
Beaverdam Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Richard and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers. Tommy & Beth Tuten, Johnny & Ann Penland, Tuten/Penland Auctions

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  2. I worked with Marlene from 1985-2001! Always loving and help get what the patients needed! Such a wonderful human!! Sending love and deepest condolences 🙏 to the family and friends!!

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  3. I will miss you Aunt Marlene. My memories of you were that you were always so beautiful, sweet, and well put together at our family Christmas gatherings. My deepest condolences to Aunt Karen, Kim and family. I love you all so much. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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  4. It was a privilege to work with Marlene at Mission for many years. Her caring spirit made an impact on everyone she encountered. I am a better person because of her example. Prayers for all her family at this tender time.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Marlene was an exceptional person… her kindness and compassion combined with her great knowledge made her an outstanding nurse and friend. She will be missed.

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  6. Marlene will be missed greatly. I have known Marlene since she hired me 36 years ago. She was a compassionate person and NP who was always willing to go one step beyond. She fought this battle hard. Praying for you all for comfort and peace by the Prince of Peace. May your memories sustain you.

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  7. I will never forget Marlene. She was the heart and soul of Mission Dialysis. She will live on in our hearts as we strive to be as loving and kind as she was. My prayers are with her family, as they go through this difficult time. She loved all of you so much.

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  8. Marlene was the sweetest sister in law! She was so loved by all her family and always kind to me and my boys Steven and Jamie! Richard I am so sorry for your loss! Heaven has gained a wonderful soul! Love and hugs to all the family!!! Love you Karen!!!! Linda

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  9. I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Marlene. Marlene definitely was dedicated and gave her life for the service of others. Praying for her family.

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  10. What a blessing she was to the renal floor and dialysis unit. Marlene was the epitome of compassion. Always willing to help and go an extra mile to help her patients, She was a gift to all who knew her

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  11. What a privilege to work with Marlene! I enjoyed and respected her dedication to caring for patients, her calm demeanor in the face of difficult situations and her intelligence in seeking solutions.

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  12. Marlene set the gold standard for dedication and care for all practitioners. So many benefited from her compassionate care in WNC. So many NPs had Marlene as their ultimate mentor and model. May her family know that she will be remembered by generations of patients, families, and health care providers. She made all of us better.

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  13. I had the privilege of working with Marlene for 20 plus years. I considered her a friend and colleague. She had a true dedication to her patients and their families. I have forever grateful to have known Marlene and will never forget her compassion and dedication.

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  14. My love and prayers to Marlene’s Family. So thankful for all the years we had together. She was the Model of Care and Compassion to the patients and staff around her and so glad she was in my life. Go Rest High on the Mountain.

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  15. Marlene was such a sweet and kind person our Renal patients were so lucky to be cared for by her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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  16. Marlene was an exceptional person and committed caregiver. She was a wonderful role model for those of us who had the privilege of working with her. My sincerest condolences to the family.

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  17. Richard and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. I was privileged to work with her at Mountain Kidney for several years and had a great regard for her. Richard, you may remember me as the wife of David Reed a co-worker of yours at BASF for years. My heart goes out to all your family in this time of sorrow.

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