Lorna Mae Ellis – Manchester

Lorna Mae Ellis, 85, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on December 23, 1934, in Martelle, the daughter of William and Ida (Ketelsen) Prull. She was raised in Martelle and was a 1952 graduate of Martelle High School. Lorna then attended Paris Academy of Beauty Culture in Cedar Rapids.  She worked at the beauty salon at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids before her marriage.

On July 15, 1956, Lorna was united in marriage to Raymond Ellis in Anamosa. Three sons were born to this union. Lorna owned and operated her own beauty shop in Monticello until the family moved to Manchester in 1957. She then stayed home to raise her family.

Lorna had a large beautiful flower garden. She loved spending time during the summer working with her flowers. Lorna enjoyed baking cookies and pies and always had cookies ready for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed eating out at the Culvers Restaurant. Lorna was a very neat and organized lady. She loved her family and spending time with them. 

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Raymond Ellis of Manchester; her three sons, Scott Ellis of Montezuma, Perry (Ruby) Ellis of Huntsville, Alabama, and Kevin (Alice) Ellis of Holman, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; one brother, Robert Prull of Anamosa; and two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Prull and Sandy Prull.

Lorna was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Kristen Johnson; two sisters, Betty (Keith)McCarty and Mary Jo Nagel; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Prull; and two brothers, Ralph Prull and Larry Prull. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Ray Ellis, 832 East Fayette Street, Manchester, Iowa.

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Because of the current Corona Virus 19 concerns, there will be a Private Family service and interment held at this time. 

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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