Ella Mae Ellis Pennington, 88, died Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, KS. She was born March 9, 1928 in Stevens County, the daughter of Earl John and Lola May (Thomas) Ellis. She graduated in 1945 from Haviland High School Haviland, KS and she had attended Seward County Community College. She had been employed at the Rice Food Market in the HR Department and also Century 21 Kaleidoscope Real Estate. She was a member of the First Christian Church DoC, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Liberal Noon Lions Club.
On April 4, 1991, she married Orvin V. Pennington in Liberal, KS. He died Aug 28, 2001.
Son- Frederick ‘Fred” DeRome and wife Sue, Tacoma, Washington
Daughters- Constance “Connie” Dryden and husband Frank, Galveston, TX
Victoria “Vicki” Melanson and husband Wayne, Liberal, KS
Sisters- Esther Ellis, Amarillo, TX
Doris Harnden, Colorado Springs, CO
Eunice Welch and Husband Gen. Larry Welch (Ret.), Alexandria, VA
Avis Brown and companion Carl Massa, Liberal, KS
4 Grandchildren- Tom Shaw, of San Diego, CA; Matt Shaw, of Sumner, WA; Stacy Ward, of Seattle, WA; Russell Melanson, of St. Cloud, MN
8 Great Grandchildren
2 Great- Great Grandchildren
She was preceded in death by parents; Son, Charles “Charlie” Earl DeRome; Brothers, Eldon Ellis and Harold Ellis; Sister, Lillian Earlene Massie; Grandchildren, Justin English DeRome, Rosella DeRome, and John Frederick DeRome.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 at the First Christian Church DoC in Liberal, with Pastor Terry Ford presiding. Burial will be held at Liberal Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Christian Church or Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority in care of Brenneman Funeral Home & Cremation Services 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.