Ellisa Marie Poe passed away on Feb. 21, 2019, at her home in Hood River, Ore. Ellisa was born on July 27, 1970 in Dover, Delaware to Thomas and Nancy Marie (Peschman) Poe. She was 48 years of age at the time of her passing.

Ellisa grew up in DeKalb, Ill., Pottstown and Douglassville, Pa., and Ann Arbor, Mich., before moving to White Salmon in 1986 with her family. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1988 and attended the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College. She received her CNA from Portland Community College.

She loved to run. While at Columbia High School she competed in track and cross-country. In her senior year at the Washington State cross country meet, she placed third out of a large field. Her running continued for years competing in a number of 5K and 10K road races locally and in Portland. She loved the Hood to Coast team race and ran it several times.

Her other joys and talents were making jewelry, gardening and reading. Ellisa’s legacy was her two children Nick and Maddie. They were her pride and joy.

Ellisa lived in Hood River for the past 12 years where she worked part-time for the Hood River School District. She worked at May Street School library as an aide and at the Westside School as a teacher’s aide, while raising her children.

She is survived by her two children, son Nicholas, age 20, and daughter Madeline, age 14; her brother Daniel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and parents Tom and Nancy Poe of White Salmon.

During the past several years of Ellisa’s life she found the Mormon Church. The church gave her life more meaning and purpose and she became a member receiving their compassion and love.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 27, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hood River (1825 May Street Hood River).

She was loved.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River.

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