Ellen M. Sawyer
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.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 4, 2014