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Ellen Terra Obituary (1958 – 2022) – Columbia, SC

Ellen Louise Terra
April 11, 1958 – September 29, 2022
Columbia, South Carolina – Ellen Louise Terra, 64, passed away in her home on September 29, 2022, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held on November 5, 2022 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow until 2:00 pm at the Dunbar Funeral Home located at 4219 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223.
Ellen was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on April 11, 1958 to Joseph and Eleanor (Lynch) Terra. Ellen graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Massachusetts and attended Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts before she moved to New York City, New York. She worked in banking and financial trading exchanges for the majority of her life. Ellen relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in 2009 to be closer to her youngest sister, Mary Reardon, and niece, Megan Reardon. Ellen frequently cared for Megan when her mother traveled for work or training. She lived in Northeast Columbia and Forest Acres before residing with her “big sister”, Denise Eron in 2012. Ellen savored coffee and wine and enjoyed trips to the coast with the “Vino Sisters”.
Ellen was full of life, with a strong wit and happy smile. She never knew a stranger and enjoyed chatting with her colleagues and customers while working at the Original Pancake House, Carolina Wings, Blue Ginger, Publix, and Wasabi in Columbia, South Carolina. Ellen also had a kind heart for all and an affinity for animals. She was everyone’s favorite pet sitter as she easily established rapport and intuited each creature’s needs.
In addition to her parents, Ellen is predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Charles and Ann (Philbin) Terravecchia; her maternal grandparents, Hugh and Ellen (Doherty) Lynch; her nephew, Robert Bateman, Jr., and niece, Soraya Bateman.
Those left to Cherish Ellen’s memory include her brother, Mark Terra, and his wife, Katie, of New York; her sister, Anne Terra, of Massachusetts; her sister, Katherine Ralph, and her husband, Wayne, of Texas; her sister, Mary Reardon, of South Carolina; her brother, John Terra, and his wife, Catherine, of Texas; and several nieces and nephews to include Patrick Terra of Alaska; Stephanie Terra of Minnesota; Tamara Ralph of Texas; Shannon Ralph of Texas; Ensign Nathan Ralph of Texas/Florida; Ensign Megan Reardon of South Carolina/Japan; Captain Mhairi Terra of Texas/Germany; and Mark Terra of Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Lexington Memorial Center (LMC) Foundation, 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169 or
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Published by The State on Oct. 30, 2022.

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