Marlys Ann Ellison was born on January 9, 1925, the daughter of Richard and Agnes (Krueger) Platte in Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bremer, Iowa. Marlys graduated from Waverly High School in 1942. On September 20, 1942, she was united in marriage to Milan C. Ellison at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bremer, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple farmed north of Bremer until 1961, when they moved to a farm in Western Douglas Township.
She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waverly. She was a great cook, gardener, loved to read, crossword puzzles and an avid sports lover, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Her greatest passion was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors are her daughter, Sandi (Bill) Garner of Mountain Home, Arkansas; son, Dr. Steve (Bonny) Ellison of Des Moines Iowa; six grandchildren, Beth Garner (Jeff Coghlan), Michael (Roxanne) Garner, Laura Lee (Wolfe) Tone, Jennifer (David) Carpenter, Mark (Melanie) Ellison and Becky (Kevin) Sanft; 14 great grandchildren, Amber Garner, Garrett Garner, Katie Carpenter, David Carpenter, Ellie Carpenter, Regan Vandiver, Kailey Vandiver, Eli Sanft, Hank Ellison, Marlee Ellison, Nyah Ellison, Rowan Tone, Wolfie Tone and Avery Coghlan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Agnes Platte; her husband, Milan C. Ellison on April 22, 2006; sister, Arlene Kincaid and brother, Wayne Platte.
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