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Shirley Ellis 65 of Ironton, passed away Thursday December 29, 2011 at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY. The Ironton, OH native was born September 6, 1946 the daughter of the late William Ray and Rosalie Ruth Collins Stapleton. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her husband Giles Lane Ellis whom she married April 24, 1963.

Mrs. Ellis attended Rock Hill Schools and was a Nurses Assistant for Sunset Nursing Home for 20 years. She was a member of Campbell Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by:
three grandchildren
one great grandchild
two sisters: Elsie Matney and Wanda Saylor
four brothers: Tom Stapleton, Roy Stapleton, Ed Stapleton, Bill Stapleton
a son-in-law: Jack Willis Jr.
and several nieces and nephews

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:
four daughters and sons-in-laws:Catherine Ann and Donald J. Hall of South Shore, KY, Sharri Lynn and Timothy Wilson of Camden, TN, Terri Lynn and Carl Berry of Catlettsburg, KY and Erica Elaine and Herbert Wayne Iles of South Point, OH
a son and daughter-in-law: Robert Lane and Carrie Ann Ellis of Coal Grove
a sister: Ruth Vanderhoof of Ironton
a brother: John Stapleton of Ironton
12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Monday January 2, 2012 at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton with Bro. Bob Bradley and Rev. Gene Brammer officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 11:00AM until the time of service. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

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