Dec. 15, 1935 – Dec. 10, 2013

Sister Carol Ellis, a longtime nurse and health care administrator, died Tuesday in Mercy Center Health Care Unit. She was 77.

The Buffalo native attended School 39 and Girls Vocational High School, as well as Erie County Technical Institute.

She worked as a professional seamstress before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1957, and she was often sought out by members of her religious community who needed help mending their habits.

She graduated from Trocaire College School of Nursing and Mount St. Joseph College, and she earned a master’s degree in the science of administration from the University of Notre Dame.

She was known earlier as Sister Eleanor Marie.

At Kenmore Mercy Hospital, she was supervisor of obstetrics and gynecology and in-service instruction. She also served in various nursing positions at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo.

Sister Carol later was assistant administrator at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She also served in the pastoral care department of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

Most recently, she ministered as a “Companion to Sisters” in the Sisters of Mercy Health Care Unit.

Survivors include a brother, Richard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Friday in Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road.