Kelli Ronee Ellis

Born in Saginaw, MI on June 10, 1962

Departed on June 18, 2011 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Kelli Ronee Ellis was born on June 10 in Saginaw, Michigan to Barbara and Ron Ellis. She was joined by her sister Nikki 5 years later. They were raised at their family homestead with dogs, cats and horses, and plenty of room to roam. She always felt so blessed to have had such an idyllic childhood and loving family. Kelli took her role as big sister very seriously, bossing her sister around and ensuring that Nikki did what was needed or at least what Kelli wanted. She was an excellent student, taking school and all her responsibilities very seriously. She always had a strong sense of morality. Her spare time was always spent with her horses and her family. She was very proud of her dad's race car driving, and inherited his "need for speed. When her father died at an early age, she walked alongside her mom in assuming responsibility for the family.
Kelli always excelled at all she attempted. Whether it was taking money from unsuspecting men at the pool hall, or directing Human Resources, she was good at it. Following her college years at the University of Michigan, she had several jobs. After a brief time in Florida, she moved to New Jersey and worked at BCBS, where she met JoAnn McGovern, a kindred spirit and partner in crime. She moved from NJ to Virginia, Virginia to North Carolina, then to Florida and Tennessee where she met Carl Bramel. Kelli was married for 10 years to Carl and remained close to his family even after the marriage ended. Her career in Nashville took off with Opryland, followed by a long-term run with Secure Pharmacy. She made several close friends throughout her time there.
Kelli's mother became sick with cancer in 2000, and she and Nikki moved her to Tennessee in order to take care of her and spend time with her. She relished that time with her mother.
Kellli loved her house, her garden, fast driving, popcorn, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She loved to go antiquing, going to the beach, and sitting on her front porch reading. Her subject of choice was always horror. Her fascination with all things scary began at an early age when her parents took her and her sister to the drive in to see "The Blob". It never ended. From visiting Salem MA at Halloween with JoAnn to a standing tradition of going to see all the Saw movies at that same time of year, Halloween was her favorite holiday. Coming in a close second would be Christmas, mostly because that gave her the opportunity to spoil her little sister.
Kelli had a deep abiding faith in God. His presence in her life gave her the comfort of knowing she was never alone. She spent time in her yard, appreciating the beauty of all He had created and enjoying planting, moving, and choosing the perfect plant for the perfect spot. She had a flair for the extraordinary. She spent hours searching for and finding exquisite beauty. She often remarked that she didn't know how anyone could not believe in God when they looked at the world around them.
Kelli's outlook was always positive, she had a great wicked sense of humor, and believed in people. She will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have been a part of her life.

12 Comments to Kelli Ronee Ellis

  1. Shane Cook
    June 21, 2011 12:00 am

    For Nikki,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I May not be able to be there for you in person in this difficult time but trust I will be there for you in soul, now and always. Nikki take care of yourself and if you ever need someone to talk to I will always be there for you. God Bless

    Your Friend
    Shane Cook

  2. Wendy Knight
    June 22, 2011 12:00 am

    Although I did not work for Kelli I admired her accomplishments during the 3 years she was at Goodwill. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family.

  3. The Littles
    June 22, 2011 12:00 am

    Dear Nikki,

    Just want you to know we are with you in thought and prayers. We feel helpless, and wish you would tell us something we can do for you at this sad, sad time.

    We will be at the Funeral Service tomorrow afternoon and offer our comfort and support. You know that you are very much a part of our Family and always will be! And we will always be there for you if you will let us!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mama Rose and Papa

  4. Liz McKimmy Herbert
    June 22, 2011 12:00 am

    Oh Nikki, I thought my heart had broken all those years ago in Florida as Kelli and I cried, said goodbye and ended that chapter in our lives. We loved to relive all our adventures together. She was a whirlwind with a zest for life like no other. I will treasure those memories always and am thankful to have been loved by Kelli – my best friend forever! Here’s to Blue Moon ice cream, Made-Rite cheese corn and Ireland!

  5. Frank,Diane, Jennifer Taylor
    June 22, 2011 12:00 am

    Our thought and prayers are with you. Kelli will now be with your dad which will make her very happy.

  6. Ken Pleat
    June 23, 2011 12:00 am

    I just found out, through Wendy Knight, of Kelli’s passing. I worked for Career Solutions before setting off in a different direction and worked indirectly with Kelli. I am certainly sorry to hear this. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  7. Ken Pleat
    June 23, 2011 12:00 am

    I just found out, through Wendy Knight, of Kelli’s passing. I worked for Career Solutions before setting off in a different direction and worked indirectly with Kelli. I am certainly sorry to hear this. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  8. Ken Pleat
    June 23, 2011 12:00 am

    I just found out, through Wendy Knight, of Kelli’s passing. I worked for Career Solutions before setting off in a different direction and worked indirectly with Kelli. I am certainly sorry to hear this. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  9. Amy Miller
    June 24, 2011 12:00 am

    Growing up with Nikki my best friend Kelli loved Nikki but was the Big sister that bossed her little sister around but was there when she need her. I reget not getting to know Kelli better. The family was a wonderful family some taken early in life but I guess God has plan for them…..

  10. Elaine Young
    June 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I am so sorry! God Bless!

  11. Denis Blackwelder
    July 1, 2011 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  12. Lisa Bonner Tunstall
    July 1, 2011 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with Kelli at American General and knew her love of life and bikes.

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.