Ellen “Nelle” Kay Pingree

January 24, 1951 - March 11, 2023
Ellen “Nelle” Kay Pingree

Ellen “Nelle” Kay Pingree, 72, of Hendersonville passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at The Greens at Hendersonville. She was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late, S.Harold and Mildred Fastman on January 24, 1951.

Nelle went to Lock Haven State College in Lock Haven, PA. She worked as a claims adjuster for The Doctor’s Company. She moved from Pennsylvania to Santa Monica, CA where she found her community house of worship at Beth Shir Shalom Synagogue In Nelle’s freetime she enjoyed making music and pottery.

She is survived by her daughter, Alyson Owen and her husband, Sean of Lyman, SC; grandchildren, Hazel, Parker, and Conner; brother, Alan Fastman and his wife, Hope of Media, PA; nephew, Adam Fastman; niece, Alicia Fastman along with many cousins and special friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Nelle’s honor may be made to the Jewish Community Center in Asheville.

A graveside service will be held in Mills River, NC. The family will be at Alyson’s home in Inman, SC following the service. For information about the service please contact Alyson directly.

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  • March 19, 2023
    Jeanne Foster says:
    Goodbye my friend. Thank you for all the fun we had growing up! It was a very special time in our lives. JEANNE MOSKOWITZ FOSTER

  • March 13, 2023
    Debora Hadeen says:
    Nelle was such a sweet soul, with a fabulous laugh and a listening ear. I left Santa Monica years ago, but always remembered her voice, both in song and in spirit. Nelle was always a bright spot in the day, calming all with her smile and laugh. She was dedicated to living her best life, through whatever was coming. May her memory be a blessing