Services for Edna Earle Ellison, 99, are set for 10 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2008, at Fort Towson United Methodist Church at Fort Towson, Okla., with the Rev. Oscar Wilkie officiating. Burial will follow with graveside services at the chapel at Fort Towson Cemetery in Oklahoma.
The funeral home of Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey at Hugo, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation with family and friends will be from 2 until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 2, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Ellison died Feb. 28, 2008, in Brownwood, Texas. She had been a resident at Oak Ridge Manor in Brownwood for the last 14 months, and before that had resided at Redstone Park.
She is survived by her son, Charles L. Ellison, and his wife, Vivian, and her daughter, Carol Ann Brincefield, and her husband, Robert, all of Brownwood.
Edna Earle Carney was born June 13, 1908, in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Mac and Susan Lorenza Laurent Carney. When she was 2, her parents and sister Hazel all died and Edna went to live with her aunt and uncle, Hallie and Watts Laurent, who had seven children and were already caring for another cousin. Edna remained strongly attached to the family, and, after her own high school graduation, she went to work to help support them, keeping as many as three jobs at once to contribute financially. For 11 years she served as an assistant postmaster at the Fort Towson Post Office.
She was married to Roy Elijah Ellison on Sept. 2, 1937, in Fort Towson. Mr. Ellison was a police officer in Detroit, Mich., and moving north proved to be a delightful lifestyle change for his bride. She thrived in the big city life of Detroit and enjoyed exploring the history and culture of the city, as well as the neighboring country of Canada.
Each year, the couple cultivated a huge vegetable garden, which they shared with the whole neighborhood. They also loved to go fishing together and their love of entertaining often included a feast of wild game Roy was so fond of hunting. Edna could “fry up” 50 or 60 quail for their guests with ease, but her true expertise was baking and her fried apricot pies were renowned among their many friends and neighbors.
After Roy retired, the couple returned to Fort Towson and they enjoyed their years there together as well, continuing their tradition of sharing with family and friends.
Roy Ellison died Nov. 9, 1988.
Besides her children, Mrs. Ellison is survived by her grandchildren, Charles Roy Ellison of Sequim, Wash., Alicia Chrebtow and her husband, Uri, of Laveen, Ariz., and Carrie S. Brincefield and her fiancé, Eric Morrow, of Brownwood; her great-grandchildren, Jack Ellison and Nicholas Ellison, both of Sequim, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Morynne Hopson Motley and Joyce Stell Henderson, who were special in her life.