Ellen Erwin was born on April 1, 1951, on a farm near Lynn, Arkansas, the 5th child of Rudolph & Bessie McLeod Erwin. She grew up picking okra, strawberries, cotton and raising farm animals. She died August 9, 2021, at Mountain Meadows Nursing Home in Batesville.
She attended Lynn elementary school & graduated from Sloan Hendrix High School in Imboden in 1969. She graduated from Texas Women's University becoming a licensed registered occupational therapist. She completed additional education at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She completed a life dream of helping handicapped children fulfill their life potential.
Ellen was a unique person, a diamond in the rough. She danced to her own music. She gave names to her cars. She hated TV. She loved classical music. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cave City. She retired early due to significant health issues.
Ellen is survived by brothers Dave (Ola Mae) Erwin of Powhatan, Tony (Mary) Erwin of Black Rock, & Robert Erwin of Nashville, TN, nieces & nephews whom she loved dearly, Rhonda (Alvin) Mason of Rosie, David (Mira) Erwin of Yorktown, VA, Stacy (Rob) Womack of Pocahontas, Bethany (Cheyenne) Jones of Walnut Ridge, Debbie (Scotty) Fisher of Batesville & Terry (Kristi) McGee of Batesville & a host of grand-nieces & nephews whom she loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Helen Powell, and a brother, Dr. Ronald Erwin.
Ellen's surviving siblings wish to convey a deep appreciation to nieces, Debbie & Rhonda, who have been so faithful to Ellen in the recent months. Also, thanks to the kind staff at Mountain Meadows and Arkansas Hospice.
Graveside services will be Friday, August 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn with Harold Russell officiating. Arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.