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July 13, 2019
Anna Catherine McEvoy Ellis, age 93, of Marysville, died peacefully at home, Saturday, July 13, 2019 surrounded by her loving family following a valiant battle with cancer. During her three-month illness, she never lost her devout faith. She was always known for her hospitality, kindness and gracious heart. Catherine never knew a stranger and always greeted anybody with a hug, inviting them to “sit down and let me get you something to eat.” She lived a life of gusto and especially enjoyed traveling with her late husband, LeRoy, to destinations such as Alaska, Hawaii, The Panama Canal and numerous trips to Ireland where she loved to visit Irish cousins. A founding parishioner and active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, she was a 1943 graduate of New Dover High School. She retired in 1988 from the Union County Engineer’s Office where she served as clerk for numerous years. A longtime volunteer for the Union County Board of Elections, she was awarded a 25-year plaque for her service. Catherine served as the Allen Township clerk from 1976 to 1988 and was instrumental in helping bring Honda to the area. She served on the Ohio Civil Rights Commission from 1980 to 1987, was a member of Community and Active Seasoned Citizens, Windsor Community Seniors, VFW Auxiliary and delivered mobile meals with her husband for 25 years. She and LeRoy maintained their farm since they established their Ellis Family Homestead in 1948. She loved to throw large family celebrations. She made sure that her sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were active in agriculture and the Union County Fair. Catherine enjoyed gardening, golfing, bowling, the Marysville VFW and playing cards many times a week. While encouraging her growing young sons to play little league, she also played at the same time for the Stockdale Dollarettes softball team. An animal lover, she rode horses and was devoted to her numerous canine companions, including her best buddy, “Jake.” Above all, she was deeply devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She was born November 21, 1925 in Dover Township to the late Patrick and Margaret Powers McEvoy. She was also preceded in death on January 4, 2017 by her beloved husband of 70 years, LeRoy Ellis, whom she married February 20, 1946 at Our Lady of Lourdes parish house on Oak Street in Marysville. She was also preceded in death by her siblings and in-laws, Frank and Genese McEvoy, Mary and Bob Armstrong and Rose and Gordon Miller; a brother-in-law, Dick Croy; and a brother-and sister-in-law, Virgil and Viola Ellis. She is survived by two sons, Don (Maria) Ellis of Gahanna and Rusty (Lori) Ellis of Marysville; four grandchildren, Trevor Ellis of Dublin, Heather (Dale) Overly of Marysville, Alyssa Ellis of Columbus, April (Cortney) Sheldon of Marysville, Lindsey Freshwater of New York and Megan Freshwater of Columbus; her great-grandchildren, James Russell Overly and McKenzie Catherine Overly; her sister, Patricia Croy of Marysville; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Underwood Funeral Home where the Holy Rosary will be recited following the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh will officiate and burial will be beside her husband at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund. Catherine’s family would like to express their gratitude to the nursing staff at Dublin Methodist and Riverside Methodist Hospitals. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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