Alma Ellis as born Dec. 29, 1919, in Grayridge to the late Albert and Winnie Clevenger Stephens and died Monday, Dec. 8, at 12:35 a.m. at Missouri Delta Medical Center at the age of 83.
Alma lived for the last 26 years in Lilbourn. She had also lived in the Grayridge, Parma, Barnes Ridge areas of Southeast Missouri. She was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Lilbourn.
On June 26, 1943, she was married to Ed Ellis at Parma and to this union eight children were born. One child, Debbie, preceded her in death June 1, 1965.
She was also preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers and two sisters.
Her survivors are her husband of 60 years, Ed Ellis of Lilbourn; seven children and spouses -- four daughters, Sue and Warren Clabusech of Apache Junction, Ariz., Phyllis and Mike Reinbott of Bernie, Pat and Joe Howell of Sikeston and Lois and Jim Shoemate of Cape Girardeau and three sons, Danny and Janice Ellis of Charlotte, N.C., Randy and Michelle Ellis of Westfield, Ill., and Keith and Leslie Ellis of Charleston; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Glo Dean Smothers of Campbell; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Travis Lambert and Pastor Martin Goode officiating.
Interment will be in the Bernie Cemetery in Bernie.