Charlene Dawn (Ellis) Nauss
1968 - 2024
Charlene Dawn (Ellis) Nauss
Requested Charity
Canadian Cancer Society
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Charlene Dawn (Ellis) Nauss - 56, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2024, with her family by her side. Raised in North River, Char was an adherent of North River United Church, where she attended and taught Sunday school for many years, as well as being a past member and leader with Girl Guides of Canada. Char’s number one priority was her family, and this reflected in her home and work life. For a number of years, she worked with her father, in addition to partnering with her husband in multiple successful businesses.

Above all, Char claimed that her greatest accomplishments were her children, Jillian and Nick. Endlessly selfless, she was always willing to volunteer in their school and extracurricular activities, and enjoyed every minute of it. Char was a proud momma and never failed to share their latest achievements and pursuits; they were her pride and joys; her world revolved around them. 

In addition to her children, Char will be greatly missed by her husband of 33 years, Randy Nauss; parents, Brian and Joan Ellis; sisters, Gina (Duncan) MacDonald and Angela (Matt) Mills; special aunt, Evelyn (Eric) Weaver; special uncle, Raymond Ellis; several other aunts, uncles and cousins. Char loved all of her nieces and nephews, and will be especially missed by Sarah, Alec, Samantha, Alyssa and Madilyn.

She was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Grace Nauss; grandparents, Iva and Percy Ellis and Isabel and Laurie Delaney; beloved pets, Smokey and Stew. 

Char was always appreciative and grateful for her healthcare professionals. Her family would like to especially extend their thanks to Dr. Don Rowe and the staff of the Medical Day Unit at Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their compassionate care.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of Char’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Tributes, words of comfort and memories may be shared at:



Charlene Dawn (Ellis) Nauss