Ida E Ellis, 93, of Chippewa Falls, WI left this world for her eternal home on March 12, 2022.
Born in Pulaski County Missouri on July 4, 1928, she was the youngest of Charles and Martha McClary’s eleven children. Her mother passed away when Ida was nine, leaving her to be raised by a loving father and her siblings.
When she was 14, she met her future husband, Charles Ellis, who was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood near her home, and after three years of a long distance courtship conducted solely through correspondence she traveled to his hometown of Bloomer WI where the two were married. Ida and Charles made their home in the Chicago area for a few years, and then returned to WI where they first resided in the town of Lake Hallie, then downtown Eau Claire, and later in the town of Seymour where they remained for 49 years. They then moved to the town of Lafayette in Chippewa Falls and remained there the rest of their lives.
Ida’s zest for life was evidenced through her love of music, reading, word games and traveling. Her main focus in life, however, was her love and devotion to family, friends, and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a charter member of Grace Baptist Church of Lake Hallie for many years, singing in the choir, serving on various committees, and assisting with VBS and other church activities. Always quick to host visiting preachers and evangelists, she was known as a great cook and baker, and was always ready to brew a pot of coffee for anyone who stopped by to visit. She later became a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church of Eau Claire.
She is survived by her son Gary (Nancy) Ellis of Eau Claire WI, daughter Linda (Jay) Daniel of Gallatin Gateway MT, daughter in law Rita Ellis of Eau Claire WI, and daughter Sheri (Jeff) Henneman of Chippewa Falls WI. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Richard (Kirsten) Ellis of Los Angeles CA, Jeremy (Jennifer) Michael of Sheridan IN, Krista Michael of Belgrade MT, Wendy (Brett) McArthur of Oregon WI, Erin Ellis of Denison TX, Kyle Henneman (who helped care for her and maintained a home for her during her past few years) of Chippewa Falls WI, Kara (Aaron) Kiraly of Eau Claire WI, Rita Daniel of Bozeman MT, Willis Daniel of Bozeman MT , and Rebecca (Chris) Ross of Belgrade MT. Several great grandchildren as well as a yet unborn great great grandchild also survived her along with many nieces and nephews, among whom is her niece Colleen Ash of Vista CA with whom she shared a special bond as the two were raised more as sisters than Aunt and niece.
Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J Ellis, her parents, Charles and Martha Mc Clary, a son, Joel C Ellis, all ten of her siblings, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54701. Burial immediately following the service at Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire. A visitation will be held on Friday, at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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