Merleen Ellis

September 29, 1939 - November 20, 2021
Merleen Westhoff Ellis, 82, of Parsons, passed away peacefully at home at 5:17 a.m., Saturday, November 20, 2021.
She was born on August 29, 1939, in Parsons, to Merle and Mildred (Lovelace) Westhoff. She grew up on a farm outside of Parsons and attended Labette County Community High School, graduating in 1957. After graduation she worked for Hallmark Cards, Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and Mercy Hospital.
On October 6, 1962 she and Gary Ellis were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and moved to Emporia, where Gary was working. A year later they moved back to Parsons and she began working at First Federal Savings and Loan.
When the children started coming she quit working for twelve years to raise them. She returned to the workplace and was employed for twenty-five years as payroll manager at the Labette County Medical Center.
Her hobbies included crocheting many beautiful afghans for her family and some to donate to the Stella Wells Christmas Auction through the Labette County Medical Center. She traced family genealogy back to the old country and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She coached little sisters softball and was a Brownie Scout leader. Later she enjoyed NASCAR and going to many casinos on vacation. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Surviving family members include her husband, Gary, of the home; children Kenneth Ellis and Jennifer Porras, both of Parsons and Brenda Bevins of Muncie, Indiana; five grandchildren and five great-grandchidren; two sisters, Vicki Morris of Parsons and Patti Gass of North Richland Hills, Texas. Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Sheila Rae Croasdill and Donna Jean Dernovish.
The service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery Patio, with Rev. Curtis Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to either St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Home Town Hospice. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at