Viva M Ellis

Born: Fri., Feb. 19, 1926
Died: Sun., Jun. 3, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 07, 2018
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jun. 08, 2018
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Service

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Viva M. Ellis, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at MHP Medical Center, Shelbyville.

  She was born February 19, 1926 in Mishawaka, IN to Lawrence and Alville Burkett.  She married Arthur F. Ellis, Jr on March 5, 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1999.

  Viva is survived by her sons, Arthur Roscoe Ellis of San Antonio, TX, Peter Donald Ellis of Texarkana, TX, daughters, Sylvia Ellis of Loudonville, NY, Carolyn Gonzales of San Antonio, TX, and Rita Kemple of Shelbyville, 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her brothers and sisters, 2 sons, Steven Ellis and Ivan Ellis and 1 grandson.

  She was a nurse for 22 years, retiring as an LPN.

  Viva was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship Church.  She was a volunteer at Major Hospital.  Viva loved swimming and being in the water.  She also loved playing musical instruments and was playing piano as recently as May of this year.

  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN. 

  Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2018 at the funeral home with Reverend Brandon Sutton officiating.

  Burial will be in Ever Rest Memorial Park in Logansport, IN.

  Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Ellis family.

  Memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s Salvation Army of choice or the local Salvation Army at 136 E. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN.

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Dorine Clapp
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
Dear Rita and family,

I send my deepest condolences for the passing of your mother. Mine has been gone for 29 years and I think of her daily, as I am sure you will. My hope for you is to have many happy moments to remember and comfort knowing she is with her family that has gone before her.

Blessings, my friend,
Dori Clapp

Robin Sowder
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
Rita and family,
so sorry to hear of you mother's passing. cherish the memories and the joys she shared.
Robin Sowder

Renee Gardner
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
Wishing you and yours peace, comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Viva was my favorite Aunt. She was a dear, dear sweet and loving woman. I loved her and will miss her so much.

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