Ellen Bishop

Ellen Whitehead Bishop

Saturday, July 31st, 1937 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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BISHOP , Ellen Dyer Whitehead , died on September 30, 2020, in Irvington, Virginia at the age of 83. "Mimi," her nickname given by her grandchildren, was born in Chatham, Virginia, on July 31, 1937. She is survived by her husband Jeffrey William “Jess” Bishop; and her children, Jeffrey Howard Gumenick, his wife, Jennie and their children, Eleanor Spann (Colin), Sarah, Lillian, Roland Brierre and his wife Carley; Randolph Samuel Gumenick, and his children, Nathan, Tucker and Sophia. She is survived by her sister Ann Anderson of Springfield and Culpeper, Virginia.
Ellen also leaves behind her beloved dog Sir Barkley of Currituck , and her grand-dogs Ginger and Archie of Richmond, Va. , Grainger of Mount Pleasant , SC. , and Bucky and Little Dude of Miami Beach, Fl.
She was predeceased by her parents Samuel Leslie Whitehead and Eleanor Francher Whitehead of Chatham, Pittsylvania, Virginia and her brother Samuel Leslie Whitehead, Jr.
Ellen was crowned Miss Virginia in 1954. Virginia should have had the first Miss USA crown that year, as Ellen Whitehead finished 1st runner-up, but was later disqualified for being underage.
Ellen was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, Virginia. She was also a volunteer for the Historic Christ Church Foundation and the Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic.
Known to her closest friends as “Ellie-Pooh”, she will be remembered not only for her beauty but for her loyalty and warm spirit. She had a quick wit, and an infectious laugh yet was always a compassionate listener.
Ellen cherished her beloved “Pine Point” on Mad Calf Lane in Irvington more than any place on earth. She was a lover of nature, gardening, boating, and the scenic beauty that surrounded her in the place she affectionately referred to as “Mayberry”. Her devoted husband Jeff appropriately named their boat the “Runner-Up”, in honor of Ellen’s near brush with Miss USA.
We will forever be grateful for the many years that we had Mimi in our lives as a wife, mother, and grandmother, and friend to all that knew her.
The family plans to honor Ellen privately with a celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck or a charity of your choice.
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Nancy Brown

Posted at 08:24pm
I am so VERY sorry for your loss of a beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. Such a lovely person she was. I hope that soon the warming comfort of all who love you and all of your most wonderful memories of Ellen will provide you what you need to move past the sorrows and pain and embrace gratitude for having her in your lives for the time you did. Remember most all of the best of what this sweet lady contributed to your lives. Blessings to you all.

Curtis H Smith

Posted at 02:45pm
I only knew Ellen and Jeffdyring her last year when they visited the Kilmarnock Dog Park with Barkley. Ellen was always warm and caring person which was easy to see. She loved watching the interaction with Barkley and my female Lab “Minnie” who looked like twins together. Thanks for sharing her history and portrait as she was indeed a beautiful woman inside and out! I’m so glad I got to meet her. RIP

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