Shirley Ellis

Shirley Ann Ellis

Saturday, July 15th, 1933 - Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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Shirley A. Ellis, 86, formerly of Independence, MO, passed away on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 20th from 1-2:00pm with a funeral service following at 2:00pm, both at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence.

Shirley was born on July 15, 1933, in Jefferson, SD to Ira and Nellie Garvis. She graduated from the South Dakota School of the Deaf where she also met her beloved husband, Bob L. Ellis, Sr. Shirley retired from Percy Kent Bag Company in Kansas City and she also remained active in the Deaf Community. She was passionate about sewing, quilting and traveling to destinations all over the world.

She is preceded in death by husband, Bob L. Ellis, Sr.; parents and sister, Jean Mae Holten. She is survived by son Bobbie Ellis, Jr. of Cottage Grove, OR, daughter Rebecca (Gene) Napier of Leawood, KS, son Rick (Sandy) Ellis of Independence, MO, daughter Deanna (Tom) Zart of Lenexa, KS, son Gary (Cindy) Ellis of Blue Springs, MO; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Nelette (Steve) Cochran of Ames, IA and brother, Jerry Garvis, of Spencer, IA.

Due to Shirley’s love of her cat, contributions may be made to a pet rescue of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 2:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Oak Ridge Memory Gardens
    18301 E. Salisbury Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Debbie Brown

Posted at 08:26am
My heart breaks to hear this! I have many memories with Shirley! She had a heart of gold! I love worshipping with her in church! When I first started college and heard about the Deaf church she went to I was so nervous the first time I visited.....Shirley and Bob welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so comfortable even though my signing was horrible she encouraged me at every turn. When the Deaf church closed and they started coming to my church after Bob died we had awesome times worshipping our Lord and Savior together! I really feel I am the interpreter I am today because of her love and encouragement! I will miss her dearly!

Donna Fletcher

Posted at 07:22pm
I had a lot memories with her during my growing up since I was 6 years old. So so sweetest I ever see. Am glad to call her my aunt. Love her. Am gonna miss her a lot. Praying for her families

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