Susan R. Ellis, 68, Brookville


Susan Rae Ellis, age 68, of Brookville, Indiana died Friday, August 28, 2020 at home of her sister in Brookville.


Susan was born November 13, 1951 in Muncie, Indiana, one of three children born to the late Robert & Laura (Douglas) Ellis.  She graduated from Muncie Central High School and lived there until she joined the Army in 1975.


She was stationed on Oakland Army Base in Oakland, CA until her honorable discharge in 1979.


For the next 21 years she lived and worked for the government in Alameda, California working in several areas as a medical supply specialist, a stock control clerk, a unit supply specialist, and a shipping clerk.  In the year 2000, she packed up her Volkswagen Beetle and traveled across the country to Bradenton, Florida to be near her parents.  During that time, she worked for a Home Health Care agency.  In 2007 Susan and her mother moved to Brookville, Indiana.


Because of a work-related back injury and several other health issues, Susan could not be as active as she would have liked.  She spent most of her time close to home.  But she did enjoy visiting with her neighbors in the apartment complex on Webers Lane.  One of her very special friends was Janice Sauerland.


Susan was an avid TV watcher, and she was an easy mark for any “As Seen on TV” product. She also enjoyed playing online games on her phone.  One of her favorites was “Words with Friends” where she could make contact with and challenge her distant cousins and friends.


At the time of her death, Susan was staying at the home of her sister in Brookville.


Survivors include her sister, Kathy (Bob) O’Bryan, a sister-in-law Sue Ellis of Indianapolis, three nieces Amy (Terry) Mitchum, Molly (Greg) Newkirk, Karen (Eric) Sprague, great nieces and nephews – Lauren Phillips, Gabby Mitchum, Abby Mitchum, Madison Newkirk, Casey Mitchum, Emily Newkirk, Ryan Newkirk, and Patrick Sprague; cousins – Bill(Beth) Wade and son Will from Brookville, Pat (Clay) Davis from Muncie, Mary Ellen (John) South from Muncie, Michael (Ophelia) Whitcomb from Princeton, TX, Beth (Vern) Rahn from Muncie, Denice Wade from Bradenton, FL,  Alicia (Kevin) McMahon from South Haven, MI, Darcy Douglas and Kirk Douglas from Georgia, and Kevin (Jennifer) Douglas from Ohio.  She had two very close friends – Janet Sebren of Corpus Christi, TX and Sharon Sanders of Muncie, IN.


Susan is preceded in death by her parents, her brother – Pat Ellis, her niece – Linda Jo Ellis, two cousins – Tim Wade and Alan Cox, and her beloved grandparents and aunts and uncles.


Memorial contributions may be made to Margaret Mary Hospice or the Franklin County Community Foundation – Bob and Kathy O’Bryan Scholarship Fund.


A private memorial service will be held at a later time.


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