Ellis, Doratha L.
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Doratha L. "Dottie" Ellis of Brewster, NY passed away on May 26 at the age of 90. She was born in Bryan, TX on September 3, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Clarice (Lyman) Lanham and spent much of her childhood in the Washington DC area. She married William "Bill" Ellis and they both worked their way through the University of Maryland where they earned BA degrees. WW II broke out and he enlisted in the Navy and she in the Marine Corps, earning the rank of Corporal. After the war, they settled down and raised a family in New York area.
Dottie was an active Girl Scout leader for many years. When her children were grown, she worked for IBM as a librarian at the Thomas J. Watson research facility in Yorktown until her retirement. Dottie and Bill moved to Arkansas where she took up quilting. Her hand stitched quilts won many awards including Best of Show in the County and State Fairs. These quilts are now family treasures. Dottie came from an agricultural family and she grew lovely flower gardens throughout her life. Her other hobbies included bird watching, travel, bowling, bridge, square dancing, and her beloved pet cats. She was a private person who led by example to always do your best in everything.
Dottie is survived by her children Michael(Erlinda), Patricia Phillips(Paul Hartsough), and Mary Ellis(Richard Cowan); her grandchildren Maryann Deke, Christopher, Ehron, and Emily Phillips, William and Katherine Fleming, and Brian Ellis; and her great-grandchildren Aden, Ayana, Grace, Paige, and Scott. She was predeceased by her husband William, brother William Lanham Jr., and sister Clarice Elizabeth Lanham.
Memorial Visitation will be held at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home on Saturday June 29th, 2013 from 12-2 PM followed by a military committal service at Amawalk Hill Cemetery, Yorktown Heights, NY. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to North Shore Animal League, www.animalleague.org.
Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home
692 Rte 6
Mahopac, NY 10541
Published in the The Journal News on June 23, 2013