Florence Ellis 1918-2014

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PINE ISLAND - Florence P. Ellis, age 95, of Pine Island, died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Pine Haven Care Center with her sons and daughters-in-law by her side. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dodge Center with Pastor Michael Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Berne Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements were made with Mahn Family Funeral Home – Mahler Chapel in Pine Island. www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com

Florence Pearl DeRemer was born on May 26, 1918, in Decorah Township, Blue Earth County, to Claude and Mabel (nee Shaw) DeRemer. Florence attended country school in Decorah, MN through the eighth grade. She became a hired girl, babysitting and housekeeping for a local family. On November, 25, 1937 she married Gordon Ellis in Beauford, MN. They were dairy farmers who rented various farms in southeast Minnesota until 1964 when they purchased a farm in the Pine Island area. Florence was a nursing assistant at the Dodge County Nursing Home for 16 years. Gordon died in 1997. In 2007 Florence moved to Evergreen Assisted Living and then to Pine Haven Care Center. She loved to work outside tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, and caring for her lawn. She enjoyed bird watching, and caring for her animals.

Florence is survived by her sons, Arlo (Frances) Ellis of Beaver Falls, PA, Darrel (Judy) Ellis of Pine Island; grandchildren, Steven (Sandy) Ellis,Cara (Chris) Chryssovergis, Michael (Nancy) Ellis, Deanna (Troy) Loken, Craig (Crystal) Ellis, Mindy (Mike) Woodward, Sara (Rick) Swartwood, Kevin (Marie) Ellis, Theresa Ellis; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; one brother; and three sisters.

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