BROOKLYN / OREGON—Viola M. “VI” (Fenton) Ellis, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Stoughton Hospital. She was born May 18, 1925, to Esther and Kenneth (Fenton) Smith at home in Green County. Viola graduated from Brooklyn High School, class of 1943. She continued her education at Madison Business College and went on to work at Baker Manufacturing in Evansville, Wis., from 1944 to 1949. She met the love of her life, Eldon J. Ellis, and they were married on Feb. 19, 1949, at the Belleville Methodist church by the Rev. Oscar Stanch. Viola and Eldon lived on the Ellis family farm for 55 years and later moved to Oregon in 2004.
She was a member of Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and worked with the women’s society. Viola was a 75 year member of Royal Neighbors of America, a 50 year member of the Oregon Order Eastern Stars, the Tri Villa Homemakers group and her later years Silver Threads of Oregon. Her greatest pleasures in life were gardening, flowers, birds (including her chickens), and always devoted time to helping others, especially her family. She and Eldon belonged to the Stoughton Weekenders club and enjoyed many wonderful trips together. They also shared a passion for antiquing and Sunday drives in the country.
Viola is survived by two daughters, Connie Ellis and Karen (Duane) Berger; four grandchildren, Scott, Kevin Berger, Matthew, and Megan Brown; and one great-grandchild, Channing Berger. She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father; and husband, Eldon of 57 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at BROOKLYN COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with burial following in Brooklyn Mount Hope Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at church. Lunch will be served in the church basement following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to the Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the Main Street Quarters staff, Stoughton Hospital and Agrace HospiceCare for all their support. Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville is assisting the family.
Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com.