Paul V. Ellingson

Paul V. Ellingson, 67, of Atlanta, GA, died on January 4, 2022 at Grady Memorial Hospital from complications of aspiration pneumonia. The eldest son of Maurice and Lois (Grinde) Ellingson, Paul was born in Fargo, ND on June 16, 1954. He graduated from North High in 1972, where he excelled on the speech, debate, and golf teams. Paul was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, until he left Fargo for Grand Forks and the University of North Dakota. He graduated from UND in 1975 and headed east to begin graduate studies in English at the University of Connecticut. Paul moved to Atlanta in 1977 and began working at the Georgia Department of Archives and History. In 1986, he became Public Relations Coordinator for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office,  serving the Honorable Max Cleland for seven years.

In 1981, Paul met Margaret Whittier, a native Atlantan who shared his love of literature, politics, jazz, and outdoor grilling. To the surprise of many, including Paul, Margaret proved willing and able to cope with this self-proclaimed Norwegian bachelor “farmer” from the North Dakota prairie. Not  wanting to rush into anything, Paul and Margaret finally tied the knot on June 4, 1993, at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Along the way, they both earned master’s degrees from Emory University. After completing his MBA in 1992, Paul left the Secretary of State’s office to become Public Affairs Manager for Gwinnett County, GA. Paul left Gwinnett County tin 1998 to become his own boss, first as the owner of a Franklin’s Printing franchise and then as an independent insurance agent and financial advisor.

In January of 1999, Margaret & Paul welcomed a daughter, Rachel Kathryn, to the family. Rachel grew up all too quickly and, in August 2021, she graduated from Emory University with a BA in Psychology. Paul and family were active members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker for many years. As a church elder, Paul devoted himself to the church’s Mission Ministry. He also represented St. Andrews on the board of Tucker’s NETWorks Cooperative Ministry for six years, serving as its president in 2018. Paul also served a second term as a church elder, ably leading St. Andrews’ Management Ministry until he fell seriously ill with pneumonia in June 2021.

Paul is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Rachel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kent & Kay Ellingson (Dallas, TX), and Brad & Denise Ellingson (Kennesaw, GA); nieces & nephews, Adam & Lynn Baumgartner (LeMars, IA), Samantha & Daryl Sullivan (Columbus, GA), Nathan Ellingson (Smyrna, GA) and Andrew Ellingson (Nashville, TN); and great-niece & great-nephews Sydney, Jaxon and Carter Baumgartner. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and Maurice, and his sister, Leanne (Baumgartner) Cosgriff.

The family plans to hold a memorial service at St. Andrews after the current COVID surge wanes (in-person, live-streamed and recorded). In lieu of flowers, we invite memorial contributions to NETWorks Cooperative Ministry (, the Mission Ministry of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (, Clifton Sanctuary Ministries (, or a charitable organization of your choice.