Obituary for Luella Lee Elliott

84, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away May 8, 2021. She was born January 10, 1937, in Trafalgar, IN, to the late James Arnold Greer and Gladys Maudeline (Pitcher) Greer. Luella received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Ball State University in 1959, and a Masters in Nursing from Indiana University in 1976. Luella Elliott spent a lifetime changing the way families have babies. When she began maternity nursing, women were treated the same as patients who came in with an illness or injury, and they faced that experience alone. She believed families have babies and should have them in wellness environments, because they are not sick or injured. She spent a good deal of her career training nursing staffs to fulfill the changing mindset. Luella was a staff nurse at Community Hospital from 1959-1970, and 1992-1994; an Assistant Professor at University of Indianapolis during 1970-1987; a Service Area Manager for Wishard Memorial Hospital from 1987-1989; and was staff Nurse with Favorite Nurses, Indianapolis during 1989-1992. Luella made her way south to Ft. Myers Florida where she worked for Columbia East Point & Gulf Coast Hospitals from 1995-1996; she was Women’s Educator at Columbia Gulf Coast Hospital from 1996-1999; a case manager for the Healthy Start Program at Lee County Health Department from 1999-2000. Prior to retiring in 2000, Luella’s achievements included instructing Maternity Family League, Indianapolis, 1987-1989; ARC of Indianapolis, 1982-1986; serving as Secretary of the board of directors for Community Outreach Ministries Eastside from 1986-1988; member of the Outreach Committee at Old Bethel United Methodist Church from 1986-1989; member of Good Citizen Group as well as the American Diabetes Association. Greatest avocation is reading. During 2006-2007, Luella was featured in the Who’s Who of American Women’s 25th Edition.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229.
Luella is the mother of Rusty Elliott (Sue Elliottt), Lori Elliott (Kathy Plachecki), Lisa Elliott Pruitt (John Pruitt) and James Elliott (Laura Elliott); proud grandmother of Leslie Turpen, Brady, Brody and Bailey Elliott, and Claire, Evan, Sophia, Francesca and Harrison Pruitt; dear sister of Rosemary Ann West, Phyllis Frantz and the late Eleanor Phillips and Kathy Hockelberg; great grandmother to Jackson and Nora Laquet, Eva and Valkyrie Reed, aunt, great-aunt, and great-great-aunt of many.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association with Luella Elliott in the reference line.