Ellen Louise Gill-Stinebeck, 71, of Marshfield, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on April 5, 2014 in Boston of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, while surrounded by her loving family and friends. Ellen was the beloved wife of Dr. David C. Stinebeck.
Born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Ellen was the daughter of the late Edward James Gill and Mary Frances (Scannell) Gill. Ellen died like she lived, with a sharp and quick Irish wit, full of conversation, as well as love and concern for those around her. Ellen completed her undergraduate degree in 1974 at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She and David eventually settled in Warwick, RI where she later attended the University of Rhode Island and earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. She worked for many years as a clinician and program manager at Kent County Mental Health in RI while maintaining her own successful private practice in counseling children and adults. Ellen cared deeply and passionately for friends, family and those in need. In recent years she and her husband David wrote and published an historical novel called A Civil General, chronicling the remarkable impact on American society of George Henry Thomas, an important but little known Civil War general in the Union Army.
Ellen is survived by her husband, David; three devoted children and their families: Jared C. Stinebeck and wife, Amanda Schwait of Silver Spring, Maryland, Catherine Gill de la Garza and wife, Marisa; and granddaughter Camila Mae of Seattle, Washington and Jeffrey G. Stineback and wife, Jennifer; and twin granddaughters Lila Mae and Fiona Gill of Dorchester, Mass. And her siblings, Mary Mullaney and Edward Gill; and her six nieces and nephews, to many of whom she extended great love and care. She also leaves behind her beloved lab mix, Brendan Gill, a loyal and trusted companion over the last several years.
Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Ellen's life and love at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, Mass. on May 3rd at 1p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or MoveOn.org in her memory. The family particularly wants to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the pulmonary and cardiac intensive care units at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham and Boston for the remarkable care, understanding, and compassion they gave to our wife and mother.