Eloise Pleasant Ellis, 77, a retired nurse who had been active in volunteer work, died Oct. 28 at the Washington Hospital Center after a stroke. She lived in the District.

Mrs. Ellis was a school nurse at what was then D.C. Teachers College in the early 1960s. She was a nurses' supervisor with the D.C. Public Schools later in the 1960s and in the 1970s.

She had been active in the American Association of Retired Persons since 1985. She had served the AARP as an area vice president, state legislative committee chairman, and health care and minority affairs spokeswoman.

Mrs. Ellis was member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and the Alpha chapter of the Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority. With the sorority, she was national executive secretary, ante-supreme basileus and publications editor.

She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Washington. She was the recipient of awards for her volunteer work from such groups as the D.C. Nurses Association and from her nursing school alumnae organization.

Mrs. Ellis was a native of Washington and graduate of Dunbar High School.

She was a graduate of Howard University and what became its nursing school.

Her husband, the Rev. Rayford Ellis, died in 1986.

Survivors include two daughters, Anita Ellis Harris of New York and Gail Ellis of Los Angeles; and two sisters, Vivian Gordon and Marie Williams, both of Washington.