Ellison, Katherine Lea

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Green Mound Cemetery in St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Lee County Hospice or Green Mound Cemetery


Katherine Lea Ellison of Quincy, IL, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Keokuk, IA, on May 17, 2019, having reached the age of ninety years, two months and twenty-nine days. Katherine was born in Chamois, MO, on February 18, 1929, daughter of Floyd Harvey McGraw and Beulah Vera McGraw nee Hayter. On November 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Charles Monroe Ellison, known to most as Monroe, and two children came to bless this union.

Katherine is survived by her daughter, Judy Lomax and husband, Russell, known to most as Chuck, of Warsaw, IL and Jerry Ellison and wife, Charlotte, of Union, MO; by four grandchildren, Susan Morrison and husband, Brett, of Warsaw, Donnie Reed and wife, Sarah, of bland, MO, Jerry Lee Ellison and wife, Maria, of O’Fallon, MO and Pamela Korn and husband, James, of Warsaw; by fourteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Beulah McGraw; by her husband, Monroe Ellison; by one brother, Robert McGraw, known to most as Bob; and by one sister, Margaret Wagner.

Katherine was a Christian and member of Vermont Street Methodist Church in Quincy, IL. As a young woman, she worked for several years as a waitress in the restaurant industry. After she and Monroe were married, they worked together in their business, Flip and Flop, buying and remodeling homes to resell or rent. In younger years, she had enjoyed sewing, baking and fishing. She enjoyed wildlife and feeding hummingbirds and other birds, was a favorite hobby. She was an avid reader and stayed abreast of current events. She was a passionate Cardinals Baseball fan and rarely missed a game. Traveling was her favorite pastime and she had visited forty-eight states and had enjoyed traveling out of the country as well. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy and she was happiest when she was spending time with her family. Holiday and birthday celebrations were times when many wonderful memories were created.

A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with Rev. John Hampton, Jr. officiating. Interment was in Green Mound Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to Green Mound Cemetery or Lee County Hospice, # John Bennett Rd., Fort Madison, IA, 52627.