Kenneth Ellison and Letha Ellison

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kenneth Leroy Ellison, 77, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at his home in Stark City, and his wife of 58 years, Letha Leann (Parker) Ellison, 73, passed away on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

Kenneth was born May 30, 1939, in Emerson, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Waive (Farrington) Ellison.

Letha was born on April 26, 1943 in Waynoka, Okla., the daughter of Frank and Marie (Stark) Parker.

On Nov. 24, 1958, they were united in marriage in Wichita, Kan.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tamala McFarland and her husband Mark of Stella; one granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Kenneth is also survived by two brothers, Emery Ellison and his wife Shirley of Springfield, and Bob Ellison and his wife Rita of Raymondville, Texas.

Letha is also survived by one sister Golda Lyon of Waynoka, Okla.

Preceding Kenneth and Letha in death were one daughter Tammy Kay Ellison; their parents; Kenneth's five brothers, Merle and Bill Cox and Junior, Richard and Wayne Ellison and two sisters, Marge Huston and Thelma Mae Ellison; and Letha's three brothers, Dean, Elmer and Garold Parker and one sister Alta Danner.

Kenneth graduated high school in 1957 at Rocky Comfort. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was of the Baptist faith.

Letha attended school in Waynoka and was a bookkeeper, property owner and homemaker.

Graveside services were held Friday in Rocky Comfort Cemetery under direction of McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton. Pastor Melvin "Hap" Anders conducted the services.

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