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Obituary: ELLIS, MARY ELLEN

Published: Friday, Dec. 19 2014 2:06 p.m. MST

Mary Ellen Ellis1936 ~ 2011Mary Ellen White Ellis, wonderful wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully early in the morning, December 1, 2011 at home surrounded by numerous family members. She was born October 1, 1936 in Ogden, Utah to Thomas Henry White and Fay Rhodes White. She lived a few years in Ogden and the family then moved to Roosevelt and then to Tremonton when she was 14. She loved Roosevelt and spent many hours hiking the "R" hill. After moving to Tremonton she spent many hours working with the turkey industry growing up and then graduating from Bear River High. After graduation she moved to Salt Lake City where she worked and attended Stevens-Henagar College.While working and attending school she met David L. Ellis and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 17, 1961. She loved being a homemaker and making her home a welcome place for all to come for food and good times. She did a lot of genealogy on her large pioneer ancestry. She wrote and collected a lot of histories.They were blessed with six of their own children; Steven with four children now living in Salt Lake, Douglas and Ruth with six children living in Orem, Cheryl and Dewey with four children living in Sandy, Michelle (Leda) living in Salt Lake, Diane and Steve with six children living in Highland and Denise and Steve with five children living in McCall, Idaho. This makes a total of 25 grandchildren who are scattered, some being married and going to school in other areas. They also had three adopted children; one who died in 1975 and the other two were twins who returned to their families in South Carolina after a few years. They also had a Zuni Indian student who lived with them for three years while she was going to high school. She always had a full house. She loved her grandchildren, writing and supporting them on their missions, birthdays and in their myriad of activities in Church, school, music, sports and all they did.She loved her callings mostly with the youth in Scouting, Primary, and Relief Society. She served a fulltime mission with her husband David in St. George at the Family History center in 2001.She loved gardening and the outdoors in the beautiful world we live in. She spent many days camping and supported Dave in his hunting escapades. She traveled to many destinations throughout the world which was a highlight to her.Preceded in death by her parents; their daughter, Barbara; brothers, Tommy and Robert; sister, Beverly; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Survived by her husband, David of 50 years; their six children and spouses; and sisters. Bonnie, Kathi; and brother. Richard; 25 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous other family members. She was loved and a friend to all.Both Viewings and the Funeral Services will be at the LDS Church located at 6350 South Rodeo Lane (1505 East). Viewings: Monday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 6th from 10-11:00 a.m. Service: Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the LDS Educational Perpetual Fund or make a donation to a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.jenkins-soffe.com