Loretta Fern Ellis

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Loretta Fern Ellis, 80, of Farmington, Ark., formerly of Exeter, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Cox Monett Hospital. She was born on July 23, 1933, in Wayne, the daughter of John and Dafner (Martin) Box. She was a Wayne High School graduate. On Jan. 29, 1955, she was united in marriage to Ray Gene Ellis in Cassville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1997. She worked for Jumping Jacks in Monett and later at Justin Boots in Cassville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Exeter.

Survivors include one niece, Mitzi Bowers, of Farmington, Ark., whom she raised as a daughter.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Baker and Linda Mattingly, and two brothers, James Box and John Box, Jr.

Graveside services were today (Wednesday) at Maplewood Cemetery, in Exeter with Byron Stephens officiating.

Memorials may be made to Cassville Meals on Wheels Program and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. 890, Cassville, MO 65625.