Margaret Ann Ellis
ST. GEORGE/PRICE- My beautiful vibrant Mom, took her last breath, with James and I by her side, on January 15, 2024 in St George Utah, at the age of 78. Her mind and will were strong even though her body was so very tired due to the many painful health conditions she endured over the last few years. She didn’t want to leave us and fought so hard to stay.
Margaret Ann Martin was born in Price, Utah to loving parents, William and Pauline Martin, on March 29, 1945. A lifelong resident of Price, she grew up the 3rd of 6 children and graduated from Carbon High School in 1963.
She married her best friend and devoted husband of 60 years, Edward LeRoy Ellis on October 8, 1963. Together they created a wonderful life in their home on 2nd South and five years later, they welcomed their one and only child, Anna Lee. Margaret was an incredible Mom who loved her daughter more than life itself and she was her best friend. She took great pride in making her house a beautiful home for her and her little family. She was a stay-at-home mom for nine years and cherished every minute of it. Margaret worked at Castleview Hospital for over twenty years as a medical billing specialist where she made many great friends. After retiring from there, she worked for Med USA doing billing for multiple physicians for several more years.
Margaret loved camping and boating at Lake Powell with special friends and was always up for skinny dipping. She loved to get dressed up to go out and she loved to dance, especially the Jitterbug. She was a talented tole painter, loved gardening and taking care of her beautiful yard. She loved bird watching, especially hummingbirds. She always made sure she had her feeders up and enjoyed sitting on her patio or deck while they fluttered back and forth around her. Always the caregiver, Margaret would go above and beyond for her family and friends and she never met a stranger. She was there for anyone who needed help and often took meals and treats to those who were sick or needed a little pick me up. She was an amazing cook, even though she always said she hated to.
Margaret found pleasure in the little things such as sunsets, flowers, rainbows, lightening storms, the moon and the stars. She passed her appreciation for the beauty of nature onto her daughter and then to her grandsons, Christopher and Michael. They were her pride and joy and she never missed a school play, baseball game, or any important milestone in their lives. She was so very proud of them both, no matter what they did. She helped care for them while James and Anna worked and both boys always loved to be at Grandma’s house. She always made it fun for them and they went on many “adventures” with her. They loved her chocolate chip cookies and her homemade spaghetti!
Maggie had a special relationship with James and treated him like her own son. He loved to joke with her and she gave it right back! Even on the hardest days, he could always make her smile and laugh. She was so grateful for the special care he gave her during the many ups and downs she endured this last year.
Margaret was blessed to have two brothers and three sisters that she loved very much. Family meant everything to her. They all had an amazing bond and they always had each other, in good times and bad. In the last few years, she enjoyed going to Mesquite with Betty and going to thrift stores with Bonnie. Spending time with them was a precious gift. She loved her home in St George, where her and Ed would spend the winter months and she was so happy to be so close to Anna Lee. It was such a blessing to have her just a few blocks away when her health started to decline. Margaret’s faith was strong and she would say and write prayers for her family and friends. Her faith sustained her when we lost Christopher and she looked forward to the day she would see him again. We know he was there to take her home to Heaven and to see all those who went before her.
Margaret is survived by her devoted husband, Edward LeRoy Ellis, St George, Ut; her loving daughter, Anna Lee and special son-in-law James Cordova, St George, Ut; her beloved grandson, Michael Ezequiel Cordova, Centerville, Ut. She is also survived by her cherished sisters and their spouses, Betty & John Brasher, Spring Glen, Ut, Bonnie & Bert Boren, West Haven, Ut; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her faithful companion, Willy, who walked with her at least a million miles.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher James Cordova; parents; two brothers, Billy and Johnnie; sister, Nancy; in-laws, Charles and Beth Ellis and many more family and friends.
Thank you to all the nurses and caregivers with Advanced Healthcare & Hospice who gave her such wonderful care this past year, and the caregivers at Season’s during her last few days. Special thanks to Patrick Vea Fillingim for the love and kindness you have shown to our family throughout the years, when we’ve needed it the most, and taking care of all the arrangements through Fausett Mortuary.
Mom’s wishes were for cremation and a celebration of life. There will be a Catholic Memorial Mass and Christian burial taking place at a later date in St George, Utah.
May her light shine as brightly in heaven as it did here on earth. Though our branches are few, our roots are deep and we will miss her beautiful presence in our lives. When you see a hummingbird, think of her, as we will, and know it’s a sign from my Mom, letting us know she’s free. Love you Mom, always and forever.
Arrangements are in the trusted care of Fausett Mortuaries where friends are always welcome and may share memories online at www.fausettmortuary.com