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Marjorie Ann Ellis

07/02/1933 - 02/18/2018

Marjorie (Marge) Ann Ellis, 84, born July 2, 1933 in Bemidji, MN, went to meet her Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Riverside Chapel in Forbes, MN. Pastor Mark Mathes will officiate. Visitation will start at 11:00am prior to the funeral service. A private Interment will take place later in the spring. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Marge lived her life in service to others. It’s so fitting, that her company is called ‘Happy Trail Tours’. Because, that term so aptly describes the way she lived: Devoted to family, friends and her career and to creating unforgettable experiences for her many friends and clients. We’ll never forget Marge’s hysterically funny stories as she entertained her many guests on the long bus rides or her delicious homemade oatmeal cookies—a staple of Happy Trails Tours!

But, Marge was so much more: Good and loyal wife to the same man for 66 years; loving, supportive, and proud Mom to her 5 children, She adored her grand, great-grand and even great-great-grandchildren. She was a fabulous cook, gardener, homemaker and entrepreneur (Marge launched several businesses), successfully juggling her career and family. She spent 20 years at Pyramid Life Insurance Co., her sales earning prestigious awards including: ‘Presidents, Million Dollar and Diamond Club’.

The entire family is grateful for the love, prayers, letters and gifts received during her last months. The family thanks all her visitors, including Pastor Mark of Riverside Chapel, the staff of St. Raphael’s for the loving care provided during her stay, and the staff / volunteers of East Range Hospice for assistance during her last days. If Marge could, she would cheerfully sing, ‘Happy Trails to you – Until we meet again’!

Marge is survived by: Husband Grant; Sons, Douglas (Janet) Ellis and Robert (Lori) Ellis; Daughters, Sharon (Tom) Holcomb, Diane (Larry) Olds, Dorothy (Steve) Luukkonen; 12 Grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren and another soon.

Preceded in death by loving parents, Elmer and Anna (Odegard) Lease; sister, Florence Lease; Mother-in-law, Edith (Ellis) Nesbitt; her Fathers-in-law, Ralph Ellis and Reuben Nesbitt; infant grandson, Chad Reuben Luukkonen; and many extended family members and close friends.

10 thoughts on “Marjorie Ann Ellis”

  1. Jim Delmore says:

    Dear Diane and Family,
    Jim and I were sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was one “Classy Lady”. Thank you Marge for all the wonderful trips with Happy Trails.
    Jim and Pam Delmore

  2. Diana Schweiger says:

    Brian – my condolences on the death of your grandma. I met her a few times and found her to be delightful. She was very proud of you.

  3. Karen Barkley says:

    My Aunt Marge was a loving aunt who always made you feel welcome when you came to visit. my last visit, we walked through her gardens and went home with seeds, rhubarb, carrots and so much more in memories. She may be gone, but every flower blossom, every vegetable, will remind me of her.

  4. Alta sprink says:

    To the Ellis family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We’ll always remember the wonderful Panama Canal cruise with Marge
    and Grant. Such fun and great hosts. Blessed be her memory.
    LeRoy and Alta Sprink

  5. Joe & Nancy Gilbert says:

    Marge and Grant were very special friends of ours and we had so many wonderful times together, both in our travels and visits at their home. We will miss Marge so very much but also have such wonderful memories of her.

  6. Cheryl Odegard Burgess says:

    Marge was always so caring, sincere, funny and lovely lady..She was so good about sending cards of love to my mom and dad on special occasions, stopping for a visit when in town. She was always so ypbeay and made others feel the same way by being around her..She and Grant were a team for sure and raised five wonderful children who carry on the traits they inherited from their parents….I am sorry I cannot be there for the funeral. We are still in California. I will certainly be thinking of you all.❤️

  7. Art and Edie Kaunonen says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family in the
    loss of Marge.
    Marge was a neighbor to my parents Orville and
    Mary Thompson. Marge always remembered
    me when we’d come hone to my parents and I’d
    see her someplace, she always knew me an had
    smile and chatted. She was a fun and great
    lady. I baby sat for all of you kidos when I was in H.S. Great Family,

  8. Denny Brown/ Sharon Davison says:

    Bobby and Sharon,
    sorry to hear about your mother.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Carla Rule says:

    Our condolences to the Ellis family. Marge will be remembered as an energetic and ambitious lady with many interests and many friends. It was our pleasure to share two grandsons with her and Grant and I know they will miss her greatly.

  10. Lou Hammel says:

    My condolences to all the Ellis Family. It was a true pleasure to travel with Marge. She could handle any situation that arose. My thoughts are with you. Lou Hammel

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02/24/2018 at 1:00 pm
Riverside Chapel, Church Lane, Forbes, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 11:00 am