Mary Ellen Zell

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SIDNEY — Mary Ellen Zell, 93, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at 10:15 p.m. at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 7, 1922, in Houston, Ohio, the daughter of the late John T. and Mary C. (Stengel) Hughes. On Oct. 2, 1939, she married Carl William Zell, who preceded her in death in March 2003.

She is survived by two sons, Carl (Vonda) Eugene Zell, of Sidney, and Don (Sandra) Wayne Zell, of Covington, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brian (Rebecca) Keith Zell, of Clayton, Ohio, Penny (Doug) Hicks, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Shannon (Barbara) Zell, of Dayton, Tammy L. Zell, of Centerville, Ohio, Tricia (Jason) Menchhofer, of Celina, Ohio, Coleman Zell, of Covington, Ohio; stepgrandchildren, Marie (Charles) Williams, of Anna, and Lori (David) Kelsey, of Lake Elsinore, California; six great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Clifford, Clarence, John, Samuel, Homer and William, and two sisters, Rose and Viola.

Mrs. Zell sold realestate for more than 30 years in Miami-Shelby County. During that time she worked for the Mintchell Realty of Miami County and the Wagner Realty in Sidney. Mary Ellen loved buying and selling from houses to doll babies and everything in between. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family and telling jokes. She was very generous and lived a life filled with grace. Mary Ellen favorite flower was red roses.

Mary Ellen's family would like to send a special thanks to the staff of Wilson Hospice for all the kindness and helpfulness they have shown their family during Mary Ellen's final days.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S.Main Ave., with the Rev. Fred Gillenwater officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service..

The family suggest that memorials may be made to Wilson Hospice in Mary Ellen Zell's memory.

Condolences may be expressed to the Zell family at the funeral home's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2016