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Ellen Jenness, formerly of Beaufort, South Carolina and Gresham, Oregon, passed away peacefully at the Sunnybrook Rehabilitation facility in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

In addition to her parents, Sammie and Ella Smith, Ellen was preceded in death by her husband John Jenness, daughter Roxie Holmes Lee, and younger brother Randy Smith.

She is survived by four children, William Holmes (Sue Holmes), Sherman Holmes, Jr. (Connie Holmes), Karen Holmes, and Debra Baker (Charles Baker) as well as 13 grandchildren and 14 Great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include William (Buck) Smith, Elizabeth Dennison, and Rudy Smith as well as countless other family throughout South Carolina.

A graveside service will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning, November 21, 2020, at Beaufort Memorial Gardens in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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  1. Cheryl Howard says:

    My time with Ellen was fairly recent. I sat at the dining room table on several occasions and listened to her stories from her past. When she was done she’d ask if I was ready to watch TV (gameshow network). I enjoyed my time with her. Rest in Peace my little friend!

  2. Kimberly McDonald says:

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ms Ellen in person, but her daughter Deb, is an amazing person, and undoubtedly a reflection of Mom! Fair winds and following seas to your next destination.

  3. Someone says:

    I will miss you so much Ms. Jenness and your stories about Penny and your family, your magazines, seeing you eating your popcorn, your packed cheeseballs. I can’t believe you’re gone. Rest in peace.

  4. Christi says:

    You will surely be missed Momma Ellen. Your smile could light up a room. I will miss your stories, pirates booty, and all your bling! Rest pain free in the Lord’s loving arms!

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