Mary Elizabeth Jellison
January 25, 1916-
January 22, 2012
Mary Elizabeth Jellison, 95, died peacefully at home in Monroe, WA on January 22, just 3 days shy of her 96th birthday. She was born January 25, 1916 in the small logging town of Norwich, Pennsylvania to Lucian B. and Daisy Elizabeth Williams. The family moved to Cascade, Idaho when Mary was 18 months old. They moved further West in 1926 to Monroe, where Mary attended the rural Roosevelt Elementary school and later Park Place Elementary. After graduating from Monroe High School, she worked as a secretary for the Monroe School District until she married her high school sweetheart, Ellery Jellison, Jr. Oct. 19, 1937. Other employment included lab work for Pictsweet Food Processors and many years as a bookkeeper for Index Stage Lines, the bus company owned and operated by her husband and his partner. During WWII she was a volunteer for the ground observer corps of the Aircraft Warning Service, taking her turn watching for enemy aircraft, should they come over Monroe.
Mary was a talented seamstress making clothes for her two daughters as well as quilting, braiding rugs,cooking and canning produce from her garden. Making sweet pickle relish was a yearly tradition for her well into her 90s.
She loved her family, her garden and her church. She had the distinction of being the oldest member of the Monroe United Methodist Church and she spent many years sewing, baking and crocheting items for their annual bazaars. For many years, she worked with a wonderful group of ladies making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Many family members and friends have one of her afghans.
Trailering with friends, especially when fishing season opened, was a yearly event. For several years, she and her husband wintered in southern California in their RV.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ellery, three brothers John, Weldon and Lucian Williams, and her daughter Jean Mork.
She is survived by daughter Jane (Gary) Johnsen, son-in-law Ted Mork, grandsons Daniel (Marcia) and Michael (Kristin) Johnsen, plus 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is forever grateful to Kimberley Dallas and Providence Hospice for their loving care these past months.
A memorial service celebrating Mary's life will be held February 11th, 1:30pm at the Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 South Lewis Street. Memorials can be made to the Monroe United Methodist Church or to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.
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