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Ellen Starr

Ellen Starr, 73, of Grants Pass went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on February 6, 2019.
The eldest of 3, Ellen was born December 27, 1945 in Chicago, Il to David and Libbi Starr. The family moved to the Los Angeles, CA area 3 months later.

Ellen was a lover of Jesus Christ and an avid proponent of fitness. She was active in sports and dance as a child. She participated in plays in High School and college. She studied acting and flamenco dance. She had a number of different jobs in Los Angeles, the last working for the Crones and Colitis Foundation. She taught aerobic classes for Richard Simmons, developing innovative methods of enhancing muscle tone.

She moved to Grants Pass in 1991 and worked as a claims adjuster while teaching fitness classes at Club NW. She developed a love of hiking and also liked to walk through Grants Pass, often picking up trash in the process. Ellen was very compassionate and picked up on the struggles of others offering prayer, encouragement and support. She served in the children's ministry of the churches she attended and was known throughout the Valley for her chocolate chip cookies.
She is survived her mother, Libbi, two sisters, Rhonda and Linda, one nephew, Matthew, and 5 great nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father, David and various aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, Ellen had requested that contributions be made to The ALS Association, 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 210, Portland, OR 97232.

Service Details.


Location: Missouri Flat Cemetery (Kubli Cemetery)
Address: Intersection of North Applegate and Kubli Road Grants Pass, OR

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I miss you Ellen, I miss your sweet smile and your positive and encouraging ways. I know you are with Jesus now and basking in the greatest love of all. Until we meet again. Love you, Amanda Valle

Amanda Valle Jun 24 2019 12:00 AM

Of all loses, losing a daughter is hardest of all. Ellen, I love you. I miss you. We'll be together again in Heaven. Love, Mom

Hank Garretson May 16 2019 12:00 AM

Ellen was such a gift to all of us who knew her! She truly lived her faith with passion and energy, and was able to find joy in each day of her life and shared that joy with everyone. Whenever she heard of a need or saw someone struggling, Ellen was the first to step up to help. She was compassionate, thoughtful and so full of love. Ellen was amazingly strong in every aspect of her life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We'll miss her smiling, joyful face, her always positive attitude, and her unlimited energy. She was definitely one of a kind, and I'm so grateful I knew her.

Jennifer Browne Apr 19 2019 12:00 AM

I miss my wonderful sister Ellen. I think about her every day. I recall Ellen's later years. She was so kind, compassionate, understanding and giving. I was so happy for her when she found her love of Jesus, found a wonderful friend in Ruth, found a wonderful home and friends in Grants Pass, OR. When I had a difficult time in my life, she was very supportive. She called often to just listen to me, to hear me cry, to offer support and words of wisdom. I miss her wonderful chocolate chips cookies. (Yum!) Memories comfort, love lives on forever. And, to quote Gandi, "There are no good-byes. Wherever you will be, you will be in my heart." I love you big sister.

Rhonda Starr Apr 18 2019 12:00 AM

Ellen was special. Always concerned about others. We miss her. The world mises her.

Hank Apr 18 2019 12:00 AM

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