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Cleva Fern Ellis passed from this earth on March 20 at Legacy Circle of Life, Bentonville, Ark.
Born January 5, 1921, in McDonald County, Mo., to Paten G Hall and Dollie G (Hendrix) Hall. Attended McDonald Schools, graduated from Washburn High School, class of 1939. She was senior queen, had starring role in senior class play, and was a star basketball guard leading the team to state.
Married Claud C. Ellis on May 27, 1939.
She taught grades 1 through 8 for McDonald County School System before the family moved to Joplin, Mo., in 1950. She was an accountant for Tire Company, Reno Motors, and a Marketing Catalog Specialist for Sears & Roebuck.
She liked to play cards, bowl, and watch all sports even though her favorite was the St. Louis Cardinals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, brother and sister-in-law, Negel and Peggy Hall, son-in-law, Jim Sperry, and grandson, Doug Sperry.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Sperry; grandson, Brent Sperry and wife, Janice; grand-daughter in law, Jane Sperry; nephew, Rick Hall. Other survivors are eight great grandchildren, Bradley, Michael, Steven, Rebecca, Jacob, Elizabeth, Patrick, and Kara Sperry. Six great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel, William, Mason, Addison, Hadley, and Harper Sperry. Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday March 24, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Reverend Gerald Bass will officiate. Burial will be in the Roller Cemetery, Washburn, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Roller Cemetery Association at 1367 State Hwy 90, Washburn, MO, 65772, or Generations Free Will Baptist Church at 2301 Connecticut, Joplin, MO, 64804.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
Published on March 20, 2017
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