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Philomena (Bernritter) Ellis

June 25, 2019

Emporia—Philomena (Bernritter) Ellis, 89, formerly of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at her home in Emporia.
She was born November 4, 1929 in the Turkey Creek Community the daughter of John and Nellie Laymon Bernritter. Philomena attended Turkey Creek grade school and graduated from St. Marys High School.
Philomena was a stay at home mother while raising her children. She later worked as a CNA and CMA at St. Marys Manor before she retired. She was a past member of the Farmer Wives Club and the Rossville Bible Church.
On July 11, 1948 she was united in marriage to Lyman M. Ellis at St. Marys. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Frank, Donald, Bill, John, Irene, Frances, Priscilla, Dorothy and Bessie.
Those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Pat Ellis, Long Beach, CA. and Robert (Kitty) Ellis, Falls Church, VA; two daughters, Kathy Fritts, Topeka and Kelly Krueger, Olpe; a sister, Helen Graham, Topeka; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Belvue. Mrs. Ellis will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, June 30, 2019.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House and sent in care Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536

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20 thoughts on “Philomena (Bernritter) Ellis

  1. Dear Ellis family,
    This note to say that we are so sorry that we were not aware of Philomena’s homegoing, funeral and all until, this last weekend. (July 6&7) We would very much have desired to greet you folks in person at the scheduled times on June 30/July 1.
    Please know of our sincere sympathies and prayers for you each one, in this time of your loss of her!
    Sincerely In Christ,
    Pastor Steve & Debbie Gee

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Philomena’s passing. I attend Rossville Bible Church and we enjoyed both Lyman and Philomena. She’s safe in the arms of her Saviour. Praying for God’s comfort for all of you.

  3. So sorry for your loss of your mother Kathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Your friends
    & old neighbors

    Jim & Carol Ellis

  4. Kelly and family
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember her as a sweet and kind person when i’d Spend time at your house. May your many memories bring you peace.
    Shelly and Dale Rezac

  5. Our sincere condolences to Pat, Kathy, Robbie and Kelly and your families. She will truly be missed by all of us!

  6. sending Prayers to the Family. Philomena was a wonderful Neighbor when Gary & I moved to St. Marys.

    • I spent as much time at the Ellis home hanging out with Rob as I did my own home during my teenage years. Mr and Mrs Ellis always welcomed me with kindness. A second set of parents so to speak.
      My deepest condolences and most sincere prayers for Pat, Kathy, Kelly and Rob.

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