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Mrs. Doris M. (Brasher) Ellis

1925 ~ 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Mrs. Doris Ellis Obituary

Mrs. Doris M. Ellis, 97, passed away at 5:15 am, Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Knox County Nursing Home.

Doris was born March 3, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Floyd and Mary (Williams) Brasher. She married James Ellis on October 21, 1944, in Birmingham and shared 68 years together until his passing on June 1, 2012.

Doris is survived by her son, Wayne (Charlene) Ellis of Alexis, Illinois and her daughter, Sheila Martin of Hot Springs, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Angie McMahill, Stacey Martin, Shane Ellis and Shawn Ellis; five great grandchildren, Alicia Wilson, Mitch Whitman, Hannah, Brianna and Bryan Ellis and four great great grandchildren, Jaxson, Autumn and Jonah Wilson and Landyn Whitman. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister.

Doris was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and attended St. Paul’s Catholic School in Birmingham. She lived in Stronghurst and Terre Haute, Indiana before settling in Galesburg in 1964. While in Terre Haute, Doris worked as a custodian in the schools for ten years. She worked as a psych technician for the former Galesburg Research Hospital for fifteen years. Doris then worked as the receptionist for St. Mary Living Center and continued for many years. She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Doris had a love for crocheting and knitting and was a huge WWE fan, especially loved to watch John Cena. In earlier years, Doris loved to bake and was known for her fried green tomatoes.

Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Deacon Michael Crummer officiating. Memorial may be made to RFMS, c/o the DD Homes of Galesburg. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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Graveside Service
January 26, 2023

1:00 PM
Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum
2040 US Hwy 150N
Galesburg, IL 61401


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