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Obituary for Mell Wardle Ellis

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Mell Wardle Ellis

March 19, 1924 - August 9, 2013

Mell Wardle Ellis

Mell W. Ellis was born on March 19, 1924 in Lehi, Utah.  She married Elden Ellis on November 27, 1946 and they had one son, Elden Taylor Ellis.  Mell died peacefully in her home on August 9, 2013.  Mell was predeceased by her husband, Elden, and her granddaughter, Julie Anne Ellis.  Her surviving family are her son, Elden Taylor Ellis and his wife, Nancy from Orlando, Florida, her granddaughter Jana Ellis Colman and her husband Chris from Killeen, Texas, her granddaughter Elizabeth Ellis from Orlando, Florida, and her three sisters, Zada Clarke from Santa Monica, California, Beatrice Friel from Orem, Utah, and Velda Jarman from South Ogden, Utah.


Mell was incredibly talented at sewing, quilting, embroidering, crocheting, cooking, gardening and many other homemaking arts and crafts.  She volunteered at J. A. Taylor Elementary School for 21 years and worked with hundreds of young children throughout that time period.  As a result she received the Citizen of the Year Award (2005) from the Centerville, Farmington Rotary CLub and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”  She was “Grandma Mell” to the many children in her neighborhood, Ward and school.  Mell believed in the mission of the Festival of the Trees and Primary Children’s Hospital.  She made and donated numerous quilts over many years to the festival and volunteered her time to “man” ticket booths and sales counters for the festival.  She was loved by many and will be genuinely missed by us  all.


The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., and will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St., Ogden, Utah 84403.  There will be a gathering time prior to the funeral beginning at 1:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, Mell requested that donations be sent to Festival of the Trees in care of the Primary Children’s Medical Center.


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Born: March 19, 1924
Died: August 9, 2013

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Lee & Mina Jarman and Sons posted on 8/13/13

We will miss Grandma Mel and her quick smile and warm heart. She was always there to help whatever the need. Our oldest son began calling her 'Grandma' when he was very small. He said she was his grandma because she loved him. Our younger sons followed their brother's example and she became Grandma Mel within the walls of our home and in our hearts. Thank You Taylor and Nancy for sharing her with our family. We will truly miss her.


Suzanne Arthur posted on 8/12/13

Dear Family of Mel, I loved Mel Ellis. I think we started doing things together when Mel was called to do the costumes for the Stake Play “Fiddler on the Roof”. What a joy it was to work with her. She came up with the best ideas. She used a Statue of Liberty Costume and some light gauzy $2.00 a yard material for my part of Fruma Sarah, the butcher’s dead wife. The costume worked wonderfully. She was great at finding bargain prices and things that worked well. When I needed help with costumes for Primary she was there to help. She figured out a quick way to make a cape out of some red velvet. It soon became the favorite costume. We also worked together on Road Show costumes. We created choir robes from Old Sheets that Barbara Jacobson had in her basement. All during this time she would often remind me not to neglect my husband. Do as much as you can with him while he is with you. Her constant urging helped me do just that. I appreciate Mel, her directness, kindness, and all that she gave to everyone. Our condolences on the loss of such a grand lady, Suzanne and Clayne Arthur