Marie Winnifred Ellis (nee Bale) passed away on April 24, 2008 at Eden Care Home in Chilliwack, at the age of 94. The eldest of five children, she was born on July 16, 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Marie is survived by her children: Terry (Carol) Ellis of Bellvue, Alberta; Ted (Joyce) Ellis and Marie (Jim) Schindle of Chilliwack; grandchildren: Clark (Lana) Dustin, Troy (Cathy) Ellis, Cameron Ellis, Shauna (Curt) Elchuk, Terry Dean Ellis, Jason (Sherri) Ellis, Kim Ellis (Clayton Opie), Kyle Schindle (Tonya May), Bryan (Catherine) Schindle, Ted Schindle; great-grandchildren Meagan, Molly, Justin, Carly, Keegan, Raegan, Rumer, Soren, Sanoah, Dyson, Emily; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Ernest and Daisy Bale (nee Gange); husband Titus Ellis; son Fred Ellis; and siblings Denis (Shirley) Bale, Marg (Gordie) Alkerton, Carmel Bale, and Bill (Joanne) Bale.
During her early years Marie lived in Bristol, England, numerous cities in Ontario, but mostly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was while attending elementary school in Winnipeg that she met Titus Frederick Ellis. After a long courtship they were married on October 11, 1937 at St. Edward’s Church.
They lived in Winnipeg until they moved to Vancouver in 1944, then in 1953 to Wynndel in the Creston Valley where they operated an apple farm.
They moved to Chemainus in 1968 and shortly after Titus passed away. Marie then retired and moved to Chilliwack in 1971 where she settled for the remainder of her years.
Throughout her life Marie worked as a telephone operator for Manitoba Telephone, an office worker in Rumford Laundry, and a packer/sorter of fruits and vegetables in Wynndel. She loved spending time crocheting, knitting, and sewing.
She will be fondly remembered for her warmth, sense of humour, quick wit, and love of family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Chilliwack. Cremation will follow. Internment at Mountain View Municipal Cemetery in Duncan.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital.
Family would like to thank the nursing staff at Eden Care Home for their kind and compassionate care.