Beatrice M. Ellis

    Beatrice M. Ellis, 94, of Mattawan, died peacefully, Nov. 27, 2019. Beatrice was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Carl and Claire (Milliman) Burns.
    A feisty woman who valued her faith and traditions, Beatrice was a true supporter and protector of her family. She enjoyed gardening, a  skill handed down through her family. She and her husband, Tom, were quite the pair. They were opposites in many ways, but on the dance floor, as in their life, they were the perfect partners.
    Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; and her brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Jean Burns.
    Surviving are her children,  Kathleen (Paul) Ellis-Aivars, Patricia (Julien) Howe, Christine Robbins, Bruce (Nina Consolatti) Ellis, Timothy (Gretchen) Ellis, and Michael (Lori) Ellis; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.
    The family visited with friends while sharing food and refreshments, Monday, Dec. 2,  at Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Home, 60900 M-40, Paw Paw, (269) 657-3870. A service was held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Almena United Methodist Church, with burial at Almena Cemetery. A luncheon followed in the church hall.
    Visit Beatrice’s personal webpage at: www.BetzlerLifeStory.com, to  read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Almena United Methodist Church or Rose Arbor Hospice.
 

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