She was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Earnest G. and Chloe Alice Kassel Fisher. She and Joe E. Ellis Jr. were married Feb. 1, 1936. He died Oct. 25, 1988.
Ellis was a 1935 graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Charleston, where she was a past member of the Adult Choir and taught vacation Bible school and Sunday school classes many years.
She was a charter member of the Junior Study Club. She was active in the Girl Scouts for many years and also served as a Cub Scout den mother. She was a Girl Scout adult leader and a past director of the county-wide Girl Scout day camp. She was the recipient of the Girl Scout District Award in 1968. She was formerly active in PTA.
Ellis was a charter and board member of Mississippi County Historical Society. She was a kindergarten teacher's aide in the Charleston School District many years. She was honored as Charleston's Woman of the Year in 1967. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star.
She was a member of the Gray Lady organization and worked regularly at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., and the nursing home in Charleston. She served as an election judge and was an officer in the county Democratic Women's organization.
Ellis was an officer of the Kingshighway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include a son, Joe "Mike" Ellis III of Charleston; two daughters, Chloe Brown and Deidre Reed of Charleston; a half brother, Dr. Bob Fisher of Fort Smith, Ark.; and four grandsons.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and a sister.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Charleston, with the Rev. Michael Brewer officiating. The eulogy will be given by Julia Warren. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston is in charge of arrangements.