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Ellen Anne Rush Barrick, Elizabethton

Published May 21st, 2012 9:54 pm

Ellie Barrick, 69, went home to be with her Lord, The Father on May 18, 2012 as a result of complications from childhood polio (PPS). Born in Atlanta, Ga., she grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. and has resided in Elizabethton, TN for the last 33 years. She is survived locally by her husband of 44 years, Tom, two sons, Ben, Brad and his wife, Diana and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Kyler.
Although her family misses her dearly, they rejoice with her knowing that she is finally resting comfortably in the arms of Jesus!
It was important to her that, above all, Christ be lifted up in everything to the glory of God. Consequently, she endeavored to live the verses that say “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26) and “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Therefore, in keeping with her expressed desires, there will be no scheduled visitation or funeral services, however, friends may call at the home at any time. It was Ellie’s wish to be cremated through the Restore Life organ donor program in support of research for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), the disease that has also afflicted her as well as a number of other family members. Private disposition of the returned creamains will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank all the faithful friends and family who have been so supportive during her infirmities and, in particular, the members of the Rebel Classic Thunderbird Club.
The family also wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the members of Amedysis Healthcare, ETSU Physicians, Pain Medicine Associates, Johnson City Eye Clinic and especially the Visiting Angels and Amedysis Hospice organizations for providing such loving care for Ellie over the past several years.
Memorial gifts or flowers are not expected, however, if desired, praise gifts may be sent to Samaritan’s Purse ( or any other charity you wish to support. Condolences and mementos may be sent to the family via email at
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day”……. (2Tim 4:7)