Eunice J. Ellis
Eunice J. Ellis
  • August 25, 1934 - April 16, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Loving wife and proud mother of three children and grandmother
of six, Eunice Ellis was promoted to the Church Triumphant
on April 16, 2017. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma on
August 25, 1934, Eunice was the only child of Eunice Schuler
Jenkins and Boone Jenkins.
Eunice grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood and attended
Edgemere Elementary, Harding Junior High and Classen
High School. She continued her education at Mills College,
the University of Hawaii, and graduated from the
University of Oklahoma with a bachelor 's degree in Letters.
While attending OU, she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
She loved performing in theater productions and was
a regular on stage and radio during her years in high school
and college. She also had a passion for fashion and was frequently
photographed as a model through college and into
her late twenty's. A highlight of her career was appearing in
Life Magazine with a picture of her wearing rare jewels and
a ball gown by Peggy Hunt.
In 1958 Eunice married the love of her life, Joseph Stearns
Ellis. Together they enjoyed raising their three children,
Boone, Mary and Joe Jr. and taught them life lessons of
spiritual discipline, caring for others and giving back to the
community. She was the consummate volunteer and was involved
in many school activities, serving as homeroom mother,
president of the PTA, and organizing the Junior Great
Books project when her children were in elementary school.
She participated in every aspect of her children's lives and
continued that enthusiastic participation with her grandchildren.
Eunice was involved in many social clubs. She was a member
of The Junior League of Oklahoma City, Kappa Alpha Theta
Alumni Club of Oklahoma City where she was honored as a 50
Year Theta in 2005, President of the Oklahoma Art League,
Early American Glass Club, and many others that support the
community of Oklahoma City. She was also known by many
who would see her in the swimming pool at the Oklahoma
City Golf and Country Club. In the summer for many years,
Eunice would swim laps with her kickboard and her noodles,
wearing her big sunglasses. She smiled and waved to everyone.
Eunice had a passion for life and truly enjoyed relationships
with friends and strangers. Will Rogers would have
said she never met a stranger. Eunice had a gift of making
friends, family and strangers feel welcome-she continued
her classic wave of the hand and expressive warmth to all
she encountered through her f inal days on earth.
Eunice led multiple bible studies and influenced many lives
with the sharing of her fervent faith. She was legendary for
her prayer life and her personal bible contains the notations
of many events and people she prayed for, along with dates
those prayers were answered. If you knew Eunice, she probably
prayed for you and your name was recorded in a journal or
next to a scripture appropriate for the time or need. Her personal
library was constantly growing and she was passionate
about gifting books and copies of articles for all her friends
and acquaintances. She was a longtime faithful member of
Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses
Boone Ellis and Linda Boyce Ellis of Edmond, Mary Ellis Dahlgren
and Joel Baker of Oklahoma City, and Joe Ellis Jr., and
Lina Ellis of Atlanta, Georgia, and six grandchildren Jessica,
Kristin, Christina, Boone II, Matt and Addie.
The family wants to express their gratitude to Beverly Golden-
Gates for the loving care she gave to Eunice as well as
Valir Hospice and the staff at Bellevue Nursing Home.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hahn-Cook/
Street & Draper Funeral Home at 6600 Broadway Extension.
The family will greet friends from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Services
will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Westminster
Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, OK.
Memorial gifts may be made to Westminster Presbyterian
Church, 4400 N. Shartel, Avenue, Oklahoma City, 73118.