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November 20, 2018

12/2/2017 11:07:00 AM
Ellen McCoy dies following lengthy illness

Ellen "Elena" McCoy, 51, of Stewartville, died on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, following a lengthy illness with liver disease at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester-St. Marys Campus, where she had been a patient since last Monday.
Ellen Marie DeWitt was born on July 16, 1966 in Mena, Ark. to Marvin and Doris(McGee) DeWitt. She moved with her mother to Modesto, Cal. where she grew up and attended high school.
Ellen was married in California to Kevin McCoy. They were later divorced. She moved with her daughter to Mankato, in 1992 and in 2003 moved to Rochester to live with her life partner, Brett Bergman. They moved to rural Dodge Center where they lived for 11 happy years before recently moving to Stewartville. Elena was employed for over 10 years as office manager at Gmatic Systems in Rochester until her health caused her to retire. Brett has been employed as a driver at Sunshine Sanitation in Stewartville for the past 10 years. Elena enjoyed fishing, cooking, baking, doing crafts and painting, gardening and listening and dancing to all kinds of music. She enjoyed time spent with friends and loved time spent with Rachelle and Brett and her family.
Elena's family would like to thank everyone at Mayo Clinic, especially Dr. Tim Dunneman and staff, for their patient loving care.
Elena is survived by her daughter, Rachelle Benavides and life partner, Brett Bergman both of Stewartville; her mother, Doris McGee and stepfather, Frank Fajardo of Modesto; Brett's mother, Diane Bergman of Lake City; one brother, Preston DeWitt of Mena; a halfsister, Becky Fajardo of Modesto. and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin DeWitt and her grandparents.
No service is planned at this time. A celebration of Elena's life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rachelle and Brett.

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