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Elena Nelson

Elena "Ella" Nelson

Monday, August 5th, 2002 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved daughter, Elena “Ella” Nicole Nelson, 17, from a tragic auto accident.

Ella was approaching her Senior year of high school, looking forward to utilizing her tremendous artistic talents in photography and painting after she graduated. Although she was both devoted to her studies as an excellent student and worked outside of school, Ella still made time for her brother, sister, boyfriend James, and those that needed her generous heart. As a strong force of life, she never lost her integrity or kindness. She loved spending time in nature with her dogs while looking for that perfect photo opportunity - the colors of sunsets and sunrises were of special interest. Everything Ella tackled, big or small, was with well-deserved confidence, a twinkle in her eye and flip of her hair.

She will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched. When you think of Ella, remember her beautiful spirit, amazing smile and tremendous fashion sense. Live life to its fullest because it is fragile and much too short.

Ella is survived by her parents Laurena and Jeff Keller; father Damon Nelson; older brother Marshall; younger sister Marissa; grandparents Rick and Calene Smith; grandmother Sheila Smith; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1:00pm at Smith Funeral Chapel, 304 34th Street West, Billings, Montana.

Following the service there will be a private family internment.

Due to current restrictions, there will not be a reception afterward.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the local animal shelter of your choice would honor Ella’s love of animals.
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    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral Chapels-West end
    304 34th Street West
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Justin and Katelyn VandenBurg

Posted at 12:01pm
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
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Leonard Volman

Posted at 11:11pm
Rick and Calene, our deepest sympathy to you both and please extend our heartfelt condolences to Ella's parents, siblings and extended family.
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Jim and Allyson

Posted at 07:03pm
Rick and Calene, our hearts ache for you at the loss of your beloved granddaughter. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.
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Posted at 04:16pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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Posted at 09:46am
I will always remember Elena's smile and her laughter that was so contagious. Your daughter was so beautiful, genuine, kind and caring. She had a beautiful soul. I miss her terribly. I'm so very sorry.

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