Ella Mae Rankin
1934 - 2020
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Ella Mae Rankin

Born: August 12, 1934

Died: July 29, 2020

Ella Mae Rankin (nee Sawyer), age 85, of Morris since 1975, and formerly of Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehab Center with her family at her side. Ella Mae was born August 12, 1934, in Peach Orchard, MO, she was the daughter of the late William and Katie (Wylie) Sawyer of Marston, MO.

Surviving are her loving children, Joyce M. (Richard) Mitchell of Ava, MO, Jerry R. (Della) Rankin, Susan A. (Patrick) Dolan, Virginia L. Rankin, Elizabeth D. (Benjamin) Ordonez, all of Morris, Pamela J. (Sudeep) Lamichhane, of Lacey, WA, and Douglas S. Rankin of Orlando, FL; 12 grandchildren, Patience Mitchell, Jeffrey (Grace) Mitchell, Tanya (Joshua) Downey, Sondra Rankin, Robert Dolan, Laura Dolan, Leticia Ordonez, Isaac Ordonez, Crystal (Daniel) Webb, Mathieu Aspel, Deryk (Rebekah) Rankin, and Drake Devine-Rankin; eight great-grandchildren, Ella Walker, Tyler Downey, Hope Downey, Roland Webb, Moses Rankin, Isaac Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Caroline Mitchell, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded by her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert Samuel Rankin, Jr. (April 1, 2014); one son, Thomas David Rankin; one daughter, Cheryl Lynn Rankin; her parents; and her dear grandmother Lily Mae Wylie, who raised her; one sister Maryjane Annette (Sawyer) Blankenship, and five brothers, Dallas Sawyer, Gary Sawyer, Glendall Robbins, John Robbins, and Tommy Robbins.

A memorial visitation for Ella Mae Rankin will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Morris. For information, please call (815) 942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com to leave a condolence or share a favorite memory.



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Published in Morris Herald-News from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, 2020.
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