Barbara Ann (Jones) Ellsworth, 77, of Austin, TX and formerly of Miller, SD was called home to be with our Lord on Friday July 3, 2015, after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Reck Funeral Home in Miller. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral.
She was born on January 10, 1938 to Marion Jones and Mary (McDonald) Martin in Columbus, IN. She spent her early years in Indiana, Califonia, Arizona and Canada before moving to South Dakota as a teenager, where she met the love of her life. She married Kenneth LeRoy Ellsworth on Aug. 25, 1954, a marriage that lasted 49 years. She spent her first few married years in South Dakota then moved her young family to Iowa where they spent the next 30 years. She lived for several years in Georgia, before settling in Austin, Texas nearly 20 years ago. Barbara worked during her life as a homemaker, advertising saleswoman, small business owner, and retirement home administrator.
Barbara was a strong, independent, kind and generous wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was always an avid traveler, and loved to go to Vegas with her husband, and her daughters in her later years. Barbara was an artist, talented in many different mediums. She dabbled in sculpting and ceramics, macramé and quilting, knitting and crochet, but painting was her passion. She was very strong in her faith in Jesus, and she will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Barbara is survived by her children: Ken Jr. and Becki Ellsworth, of Tifton, GA, Randy and Nancy Ellsworth, Mark and Chiyo Ellsworth, Stacey Ellsworth-Nash and Dave Nash, and Ryan Ellsworth, all of Austin, TX, and sons-in-law, Jay Wagner of Spencer, IA and Robert Morphew of Hot Springs, AR. Grandchildren include: Matt Langel, Mick and Nutcharee Lea Langel, John Wagner, Amy Smith Couch, Aaron and Chrissy Smith, Jamie and Anthony Gamez, Jenna and Jerritt Bean, Jackie, Brandi, and Jeremy Ellsworth and Delaney and Cassidy Nash. Great-grandchildren include: Matilynn, Layne, Jet, Jaden and Jordan Langel, Alex and Kylie Stewart, Addison Smith, and Emme and Eliana Gamez. She is also survived by her sisters: Marian and Aaron Thompson, and Dawn Langston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Aaron and Rita Ellsworth, Patricia Shaw, Bob and Bernice Ellsworth, Karen and Bob Kroning, Janice and Gene Moncur, and Barbara and Gordon Slunecka. She was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ken; her sister, Carol Jones; brother, Bob Jones; her daughters: Roxane Morphew and Rhonda Wagner; and her brother-in-law, Jasper Shaw.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Barbara’s funeral arrangements.