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Helen Louise Ellis Montgomery

FARMINGTON – Helen, the second child of Bert Ernest and Mary Louise (Aubuchon) Ellis (both deceased), was born July 17, 1924, in Flat River, Missouri. She graduated Flat River High School in 1942. She had a brother, Ernest Ellis (deceased) and a sister, Virginia Ellis Sherrill (deceased). She married Vernon Gregory Montgomery (deceased) in December, 1942, at Ironton, Missouri. To this union, three children were born: Gregory Lynn Montgomery (deceased), Brenda (Buckley); Sheri Sue Montgomery Graham (Kenny), and Beth Ann Montgomery Ritter. Helen was blessed with grandchildren: Teresa Sue Moore (Andy); Melissa Dawn Postell (Tim); Sarah Renee Denkler (Steve); Greg Montgomery, Jr; Michael William Graham (Kendra Kollmeyer); Laura Renee Tomney (Trevor); Brian Matthew Graham (Kelly Eggers); Andrea Ritter; and Jeffrey Vernon Ritter (Tara Johnson); Great-Grandchildren: Kayla Barton Nichols (Adam), Ashleigh Barton, Drew, Kali and Janel Moore; Callie, Jamie, Jessie and Augusta Montgomery; Matthew and Micah Postell; Graeme and Meagan Denkler, Garrett and Gavin Graham, Avery and Isabella Graham; Bailee, Chloe, and Ian Tomney; Will Ritter; Bentlee and Kinsley Ritter, and great, great-grandchildren: Keegan Burch; Brayley and Dakota Nichols; Kayleigh and Hazel Griffin; Cayden Gregory Montgomery (deceased), Tanthalas and Tauriel Massiano, and fifteen nieces and nephews. Special friends include members of The Flat River Class of 42, Dorothy Watson, Dorothy Steinbach, Marguerite Hampton, Faye Worley, Jenny Bertram and Ruth Graham.

Helen was 93 years young at the time of her passing. She spent her life in service to others as a stay at home mother and babysitter. As a young woman, she worked as a beautician. In her forty’s she worked at Murphy’s Processing Plant. She was active in church and served as a Sunday School Teacher. She provided a music/devotion ministry at several nursing homes in our area for many years. She showed her love for others through a card ministry, sending cards and letters of encouragement and support to friends and acquaintances throughout her lifetime. She was an active member of The Clearview Neighbors Club. She used her hands to create beautiful quilts and embroidered items. She enjoyed playing pinochle with her friends. She, and husband Vernon, were 4-H Leaders in our community during the 60’s. She was a special, loving person to all who knew her. Grounded in the Christian belief of salvation and eternal life, she was saved at the age of 18 at the Glover Baptist Church. We celebrate her life and thank God for the legacy she leaves her family and friends.

Visitation Friday, 5-8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., Farmington. Visitation resumes Saturday, 8 a.m. and funeral 11:00 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel, with Chaplain Jacob Pollard officiating. Interment follows at Libertyville Methodist Cemetery – Libertyville, Missouri. Memorials to: Serenity Hospicecare and/or Libertyville Methodist Cemetery, Maintenance Fund. Photo obituary; guestbook and video tribute online at:



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