Ellie Parnes

Ellie Parnes passed peacefully at The Village early Thursday morning September 30, 2021 on San Juan Island at age 90. She was surrounded by her friends and family.

She loved living in Friday Harbor and getting to know so many Islanders. She had worked at Spa D Bune as a receptionist bringing her grace and elegance. She was also a needle point designer and artist for over 25 years with national acclaim.

Ellie was a great support for many people with an ability to truly listen and offer her wisdom. A shining light to all who know her.  Known to have said “If you look your best, you feel your best.” She kept this positive attitude throughout her life. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family wants to thank the friends and caregivers, the Hospice teams and a special thanks to Doctor Rachel Bishop who all became an important part of Ellie’s family and showed her such loving kindness in recent years.

She is survived by daughters Janie Ogle (Terry), Nancy Gaynor (Richard), grandchildren Amelia (Chad), Emily (Jason) and Adam, great-granddaughter Skye, niece Julia, cousins Jack, Joel and Lannie. Also dear to her were longtime friends Doris, JoEllen, Beth, Krista, Susan, Dana, Marie and Alison.

No service is scheduled at this time. 

Posted on October 2, 2021 at 9:16 am by

Obituaries, People


  1. My beautiful Lady Eleanor! OH how I will miss your grace, friendship, elegance & love! Like a mother to me since day #1, I will cherish our daily talks, your great advice & many visits~ forever. You will never truly be gone as I will carry you around in my heart until the end of my days… Until I see you again my Ellie Bird, fly in peace my dear. Now It’s time to be with your true love, who you have patiently waited many trips around the sun for….
    I will carry the love you gave me, with me, until the end of time.. XOXO

    Comment by alison on October 3, 2021 at 12:00 am
  2. The last 4+ years of my life were made the richer because of the many hours spent with Ellie. She brought beauty and sunshine into any room she occupied — and into my heart forever. I already miss her sorely, but she’s dancing with Artie once again, and she so deserves that joy and fulfillment. I will love you always, Ellie.

    Comment by Susan Matthews on October 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm

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