Eleanor "Ellie" Jean Strand (Henderson), age 84, of Lake in the HIlls, Illinois passed away peacefully at her home on December 20, 2020 following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Waynesburg, PA on November 11, 1936 to John Everett and Janet (Shaw) Henderson. She was predeceased by her brother, John E. Henderson of Novi, MI.
Ellie was a 1954 graduate of Highland Park High School. She later attended Henry Ford Community College, earning a degree as a registered nurse. She received her B.S. in Healthcare Administration from Madonna University, working for many years as a director of nursing and healthcare administrator. Ellie was a certified gerontologist. She was an avid reader, crafter and loved to cook. It was common for her to send a plate of food or a homemade blanket to a friend in need.
Ellie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Don Strand; her children Janet (the late Stan) Lopez Urban, Dominic (Jon) Lopez, Linda (Joseph) Penzabene, and Mary (David) Banks, stepdaughters Toni (Grant) Semanskee and Tabitha Strand; her cherished 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; her sister Sally Henderson of Huntington, W. VA; and many beloved nieces and nephews, especially Scott Henderson and Jamie Durham.
Cremation rites have been performed. A private memorial service will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made directly to the family would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the care of Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Algonquin.
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