Mary Ellis, 99, passed away July 16, 2017, at River Terrace  Estates in Bluffton.07-17 Ellis Mary

Mary was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Darke County, Ohio, to Ernest and Lucy Stout Pinney. Her family moved to Mount Zion, Ind. in 1922.

She graduated in 1935 from Chester Center High School, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ball State in 1939 and her master’s degree from Saint Francis in 1966.

She married Curtis O. “Pete” Ellis July 24, 1940. He died in 1964.

Mary taught home economics in several area schools and retired as guidance counselor at Norwell High School.

She is survived by her children, Jill (Ben) Baughan of Mechanicsville, Va., and Ted (Marge) Ellis of Bluffton. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jamie (Josh) Abercrombie of Cornelius, N.C., Rebecca (Martin Dessart) Ellis of Vienna, Austria, and Andrew Ellis of Bluffton; two step-grandchildren, Melissa (Matt) Reiff of Bluffton and Scott (Whitney) Saucedo of Carmel; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the First Baptist Church in Bluffton. Pastor Les Cantrell will officiate. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.  Calling hours will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.

Preferred memorials are to the Turnaround Awards c/o The Wells County Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at