Obituary for Genevieve Ellis

By Snodgrass Funeral Homes
March 9, 2022
It is with sadness that we, the family of Emma Genevieve Ellis, announce that she died peacefully on Feb. 24, 2022.

Gen, as she was known by everyone, was born in Sydney, N.S., Oct. 27, 1921. She grew up in a large family in Newfoundland.

She served in the RCAF WD during the Second World War and was eventually stationed in Alberta. Gen married Scott Ellis in 1945 and moved to High River. While living on the family farm, the Little Bow Sewing Circle and School were especially important to her. In High River she was incredibly involved in the St. Benedict’s Anglican Church, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71, and the Highwood Golf and Country Club communities.

She was well known for her skills at playing bridge, cribbage, poker and mahjong. Gen was an excellent knitter and seamstress. She was also famous for her baking and dressing in costume. Her friendships crossed all age levels — she enjoyed everyone and having fun. Gen was able to celebrate a life well lived last Oct. 27 when she became a centenarian.

In 2013, at the age of 92, she lost most of her possessions in the horrendous flood in High River and moved to Pincher Creek to be closer to her daughter Margaret. We were always proud of how she adjusted to her new environment.

She is survived by children Doug (Sue), Margaret (Dave) and Rick, and sister Mary M. Atterbury. She was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Phoebe Chipman; siblings Maude, Provie, Azeriah, Mary, Annie, Belle, Bill and Bud; granddaughter Brooke; and great-grandson Sam.

The family wants to thank the staff at Vista Village in Pincher Creek for Gen’s recent comforting care as well as Dr. T. Burton and Home Care. We also want all her many friends to know how she valued your friendship over the years and involvement in her life.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the High River Legion Branch 71 or the Good Samaritan Vista Village, Pincher Creek.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes


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