Canby - Merrily Ellis, 58, passed away on April 3, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her family. Merrily was born on November 6, 1962, to Leon Ross Aylett and Sharon Farwell in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Molalla High School in 1980. She then attended the University of Oregon and was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. It was during these college years on a blind date that she met her soul mate, Timothy Ellis. They married within six months and were rarely ever apart from that point. Merrily and Timothy went on to have six children that she coined as "The Killer B's and Queen B Brogan."
Merrily obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University and was an educator at Saint Paul and Mount Angel schools for 21 years. She worked endlessly to provide her students the best education possible and was a strong role model to the hundreds of students she taught.
Timothy and Merrily made Canby, Oregon their home for the past 22 years. They enjoyed watching their 16 grandchildren play together on the farm, all the while making memories together. Beyond her passion for her family, Merrily, was an exceptional quilter attending countless retreats and sewing scores of quilts for family and friends. They also enjoyed Duck athletic events, hunting, fishing, and having family trips together at their cabin in La Pine, Oregon.
Merrily is survived by her husband of 38 years, Timothy, their six children and their families: Beau (Alison, Henry, Nolan), Brock (Jessica, Hadley, Harper, Decker), Blaine (Ashley, Cade, Tucker, Gunner, Duke, Lillian), Blake (Jordan, Elsie), Burke (Katie, Parker, Kinley), and Brogan (Joseph, Charlie, Gemma, Myriam, Maccabee). Merrily is preceded in death by her father, Leon Ross Aylett, and brother, Reed Aylett.
A rosary will be held on Thursday, April8, 2021 at 7:00pm and funeral mass will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00am with a rite of committal to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made in memory of Merrily to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through her daughter, Brogan.
Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel - Mt. Angel.
Published in The Statesman Journal from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2021.