Velta Berryman Ellis


(July 24, 2007)

Funeral services are scheduled today (Tuesday), July 24 at 10 a.m. at the Lovell United Methodist Church for Velta (Berryman) Ellis, 90, who died Thursday, July 19 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.

She was born Sept. 14, 1916, at the home of her grandparents in Powell to Walter and Lena Durland Berryman. They owned the Racket Store and Cafe.

Her family moved to Deaver, and a sister, Velma, and a brother, Ivan, were born there. She finished her high school education in Deaver and went on to the University of Denver, graduating in 1939 as a teacher. She returned to Lovell and taught fifth grade for one year.

She married George Ellis May 18, 1940, in Billings, Mont. She served as postmistress at Kane until 1965 and then worked in Lovell. After 41 years, she retired at 65.

She was a lady farmer with pigs, chickens, cows and her favorite horses until rheumatoid arthritis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) took over her life. George became her caregiver for 10 years until she went into the New Horizons Care Center.

Survivors include George, her husband of 67 years; her children, daughter Karen Spragg (Wayne), son Larry Ellis and daughter Elaine Good (Ron Hermes), all of Lovell; grandchildren, Sam Spragg, Shannon Ellis (Christy), Spencer Ellis (Annette), Scoti Kober, Lisa Wilkerson (Dean), all of Lovell; and Shana Bartle (Ken) and Chris Good (Miria), both of Powell; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to North Big Horn Senior Citizens Center.  Funeral arrangements are by Haskell Funeral Home, Lovell.