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Ellen Phyllis McMurtrie

October 11, 2022

On October 11, 2022, at Te Nikau Grey Hospital, aged 79 years.  Dearly love wife of the late John, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Sally and Max Bateup, (Rangiora), Jane and Chris Veale, (Hokitika), Christopher and Jacquie (Leithfield).  Loved Granny of Hannah and Jason, Sarah and Ross, Daniel and Mishalla, Dylan, Ellen and Dylan, Samantha and Andy; and Jahn.  Loved great-granny of Leo, Mya, Ari, Pippa, Marlee and William.  Loved sister and sister-in-law of Stuart and Ann McHugh, Lynette and Peter Nelson, Janet Wilson, Adair and Mac Oates (deceased), Rob (deceased) and Barbara McMurtrie.  A loved aunt of all her nieces and nephews.  Messages to 5 Howat Place Hokitika 7810 or can be left on Ellen’s tribute page,

A service to celebrate Ellen’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Seaview Terrace, Hokitika, on Friday October 14 at 10.00am.  Following the service Ellen will be laid to rest with her husband John in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.


  1. Mary Fittock

    So very sad to read this .
    My very deepest sympathy to you all .
    I will miss out chats,..
    Rest peacefully my friend .


  2. Diane & John Craig

    A lovely lady. Often had chats with her. Deepest sympathy to all the family.

    • Sue

      To Sally Jane Chris and family .my thoughts are with you all at this sad time. RIP going to miss our 3 monthly chats .

  3. Belinda Canton

    Our love and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. We have a lot of wonderful memories spending time with Ellen and John over the years.

    All our love Ross, Maven and family

    • Samantha

      My twins and I will miss you so much, Ellen ❤️

      • Colleen Gibb

        Deepest sympathy to you all. Fond memories of Ellen all those years ago. Sad news x

  4. Jill

    Thinking of you all at this very sad time…
    Ellen was always on for a good yarn,
    I will miss our wee chats when doing MOW.
    RIP Ellen 🙏

  5. Cheryl Hutchison

    Sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. Sincere sympathy to all the family. Long association with John and Ellen many years ago. Always enjoyed them both.
    RIP Ellen.

  6. Jane Chapman

    Sally and family , sorry to hear of your mums passing our thoughts are with you at this time
    Colin and Jane Chapman

  7. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to you all Noeline Minehan

  8. Trish mann

    Deepest sympathy to the families.enjoyed my time with Ellen, she loved the twins and my visits.RIP

  9. Kathleen Miller (McLeod)

    Sincerest sympathies to Sally, Jane, Chris and families.
    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Treasure your memories.

  10. Kelvin Leach

    Deepest condolences to Sally, Jane, & Chris, and extended family’s.
    So sorry to learn of Mrs McMurtie’s passing.
    Was such a pleasure to work with her many years ago.
    Cherish the memories you all have as they last forever.

  11. Michelle & Roland

    Thinking of you all. The waves and smiles as we walked past your Mum’s place will be missed. Such a lovely lady. May the special memories of your Mum be a comfort to you.

  12. Wendy and Chris Roberts

    I was so very saddened to read of the passing of dear Ellen when I returned from Australia, and was sadly unable to attend her funeral, I shall miss our nearly daily wave’s, smiles and often chats as she would welcome Harry (my dog) who she adored and myself into her home, I shall remember her with fondness memories RIP dear Ellen, such a special lady
    My deepest sympathies to all of Ellen’s family


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