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Dorothy (Brown) Ellis

July 27, 1934 ~ September 25, 2018 (age 84)

Dorothy Brown Ellis passed away on Sept. 25, 2018. Born July 25, 1934 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dottie was for 58 years the wife of Dr. John C. Ellis, who predeceased her on June 28.  She was a long-time resident of Missionary Ridge, and retired to Alexian Village. 


A GPS May Queen, she graduated from UTC, having also studied at the renowned Université Sorbonne in Paris. She was a homemaker for most of her life, and she also taught French at City High, as well as operated a small jewelry business.  Among many civic commitments, she was an active member of Chattanooga Historical Society and The Garden Club of Missionary Ridge. Dottie was a loyal and active member of First Presbyterian Church, with particular involvement in Women in the Church. 


She is noted for the innumerable lives she touched, her irresistible sense of humor, her vivacious and tender spirit, her deep interest in politics and world affairs, and, above all, her love of the Lord, abundantly manifest in charity, Bible reading, Christian encouragement, and intense prayer, especially on behalf of others.


She is survived by her three sons, Bryan, Paul (MD), and David (PhD), as well as eight grandchildren, Caroline, Hannah, Griffin, Haden, Sawyer, Jack, Julia, and Gretchen.


A graveside service will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery on Sept. 28 at 11 AM.


In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Alexian Employee Christmas Fund at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain.


Please visit to share words of comfort to the family. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.

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