Ellen M. Sawyer (1941 - 2014)

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Ellen M. Sawyer

Dallas Center

Ellen M. Sawyer, 73, passed away May 1, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines with a private burial of her cremated remains at Resthaven Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at McLaren's.

Ellen was born February 26, 1941 to Irvin and Emma (Twite) Stilwell in Romance, WI. She is survived by husband of 24 years, Kenneth; granddaughter, Jennifer Batteen, who they raised; children, Thomas (Lisa) Batteen, Rocky Ogden, Heidi (Adam) Wicks, and Thomas (Judy Blank) Sawyer, Michael Sawyer, Linda (Steven) Lipkin, Susan (Fred) Villalobos and Sandra Sawyer; siblings, John "Jack" (Janet) Stilwell, Gordon "Dick" (Imogene) Stilwell, Diane (Donald) Worman, Patsy Oliver, Lillian "Lil" Dach; sisters-in-law, Ardis Stilwell and Sonja Stilwell; 17 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Angela Batteen Simmer; son, William "Billy" Batteen; brothers, Irvin "Bunny" Stilwell, Layne Stilwell, Theodore "Ted" Stilwell, and Gerald "Dude" Stilwell; sisters, Amelia "Molly" Stilwell, Mary Tryggestad, Marjorie Parsons, and Del Rae Wolfe.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Grimes, IA.

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Published in Des Moines Register on May 4, 2014
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