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September 23, 2010

Sheila McQueen Ellison, wife of Rick Ellison, an associate in the office of Sunday School for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), died Sept. 12. She was 63.

A Tennessee native, Ellison served alongside her husband, who before coming to the SBOM in 2001 was discipleship pastor of Valleydale Baptist Church, Birmingham; associate pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Winter Park, Fla.; and minister of education at First Baptist Church, Cullman, and First Baptist Church, Kingston, Tenn.

During their years in ministry, she worked with a deaf ministry, a sewing ministry, women’s ministry and Sunday School.

In 1981, Ellison was diagnosed with polycystic renal disease, and in 1993, Rick Ellison successfully donated a kidney to her in what was at that time a rare spousal kidney transplant. In March 2009, The Alabama Baptist published an article detailing her journey with the disease.

“Sheila Ellison was one of the bravest people I have ever known,” said Rick Lance, SBOM executive director. “She experienced health issues for years, and yet she bravely faced those challenges with faith in the Lord and a sense of optimism about the future. Sheila leaves a lasting legacy of love and faith.”

Sheila Ellison was a member of First Baptist Church, Montgomery, at the time of her death.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, one daughter and one grandchild.  (TAB)

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