Shirley E. Ellis, age 75, of Belton, Missouri passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas 66210 on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens.
Shirley was born in Overland Park, Kansas on June 23, 1946 to Leonard M. Ellis and Mary D. (Clark) Ellis. Shirley graduated high school and pursued her passion of horsemanship. She owned her own ranch, and shared her passion by teaching 4H and Boy Scouts about horses and their care. Shirley was an amazing artist. More than anything, Shirley loved spending time in the outdoors, working, hunting, and fishing. She cared deeply for nature and all animals.
While Shirley was a hard-working rancher, she had a selfless and gentle soul. She had no children of her own, but she was a constant friend to all of her nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Mary Ellis; sister, Josephine Ellis; and brother, Leonard C. Ellis.
She is survived by her three sisters, Betty Hovious of Belle Plaine, Iowa, Mary Nancy Gifford of Bucyrus, Kansas, and Barbara Mettlen of Sylvan Grove, Kansas; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.