Irene was born to Earnest and Binonia Tolbert in Milton, Oklahoma and moved to Shafter, CA during the Dust Bowl. She graduated from Shafter High in 1946. She married the love of her life, Lefty Ellis in 1947 and later moved to Bakersfield.
Irene enjoyed country music, water skiing and camping with best friends Rosie & Delane and sister Ruthie & husband Melvin. She loved working at Belridge Carrot Packing where she eventually retired from. She was a wonderful mother and fun grandma.
Irene passed away peacefully on February 3, 2016 and is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lefty, her parents, 3 sisters and brother. She is survived by her sons Don Ellis and Darrel (Buster) Ellis; her grandchildren, Clifton Ellis, Diane Wurster, Dawnett Wright, Leslie Ellis, Jennyfer Utt, and Treva Ellis; numerous great-grandchildren and great, great grandkids.
Graveside services will be held Wed. February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Shafter Memorial Park with a reception immediately following at Valley Bible Church on Pine St., Shafter, CA and a visitation will be held on Tues. February 9, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mish Funeral Home in Oildale, CA.
The family would like to thank Jody Ellis and her daughter Amber for the care they provided Irene.
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