Mrs. Ellen Marie Elfrank, 79, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend entered into the glory of her eternal life on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville.

Ellen, a native Missourian, had been a resident of Brownsville since 1992 when she and her husband Lloyd moved here to enjoy their retirement years. They settled in at River Bend Resort where Ellen enjoyed golfing, working crafts, and playing cards. Before coming to Brownsville, Lloyd and Ellen lived in Festus, Mo., where Ellen worked for 30-plus years as a salesclerk with Smith Jewelers.

Ellen was a devoted wife and mother. Ellen was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all those fortunate to have known her.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Thelma Thompson; a sister, Sharon Moore; and three brothers: Michael, Tommy, and Jerry Thompson.

Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of her are her husband of 61 years Lloyd F. Elfrank; two sons: Stephen Elfrank and his wife JoAnn and Kenneth Elfrank and his wife Geryl; five grandchildren: Lisa (Scott) DeNoyer, Kristi Elfrank, Geron Elfrank, Tawny (Jason) Ruth, and Tyson Meyer; four great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Seth DeNoyer, Hayden Elfrank, and Logan Ruth. Ellen will also be missed by her sister, Carol Bourgeois; three brothers: Joe (Dee) Thompson, Jim (Marlys) Thompson, and Roger Thompson; and numerous nieces, nephews, a host of friends, and other extended family members.

In accordance with Ellen's wishes she will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at River Bend Resort. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Ellen's name may be made to the , P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.

You may view the obituary, sign the guest book, and send your condolences online to the Elfrank family at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.

Published in Brownsville Herald on Apr. 14, 2013