Winifred June Ellis passed away on April 5, 2013 at the age of 82 in Midland.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Winnard D. Wells and Wayne Millikin Wells; husband Ab Reed Ellis Jr.; brother Winnard D. Wells Jr.; and sister Dorothy Wells; son-in-law Howell Watkins.
June is survived by her daughters, Karen Ellis and Gayle Ellis-Watkins; son Ab Reed Ellis III and wife Paula; grandchildren Jason Lindley, Stephen Ellis, Michelle Ellis, and Ian Page; and four great-grandchildren.
June Ellis was born in Henrietta, Texas on July 27, 1930. June married Ab Ellis Jr. in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1955. They moved with their three children to Midland in 1968.
June was seldom found indoors. She most enjoyed being in her garden, which she kept growing through all the seasons. As an artist, June excelled in oil painting and sculpting. As a mother and a mentor, June could be found at the kitchen table encouraging the numerous teenagers who sought her companionship and grew from her non-judgmental attitude and curiosity about life.
June was an active member of the Democratic Party. She was a feminist; an issue which she supported throughout her life. June was a founding contributor of the Howell Watkins/Betty Gains Social Sciences Scholarship fund at Midland College.
The family would like to thank Linda and Mike Love for their years of care and love during June's illness. We thank Morning Glory Care Home for the support they gave during June's last days. We also thank Hospice Midland who cared for our "ever-ready" mother for years. You all remain in our hearts.
Family will receive friends on Monday, April 8 from 6-8pm at Ellis Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at 3pm at Resthaven Memorial Park, with Rev. Kathryn Boren officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Howell Watkins/Betty Gains Scholarship fund or to Hospice Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.ellisfunerals.com.
Now I realize
that the trees blossom
and bear fruit
without seeking praise,
drop their leaves
and become naked
without fearing blame