Barbara Rae Ellis, 83, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, at a local health care facility.

She was born Dec. 2, 1935, in St. Joseph, daughter of the late Frances and Morgan Jones. She attended Central High School two years and Maysville High School, graduating class of 1953. She later attended Platt Business College. She married Herbert Ellis Sept. 11, 1954, in Maysville, Missouri. She worked at J.C. Penney as a bookkeeper. Barb loved her family. She was a member of J.C. Penney Retired Associates and McCarthy Baptist Church, for many years.

Barbara was preceded in death by: husband, Herbert Ellis; father, Morgan D. Jones; mother, Frances Elizabeth Jones; and sister, Helen Elane Maxwell.

Survivors include: four sons, Mike (Mary Ann) Ellis of St. Joseph, Mark (Anne) Ellis of St. Joseph, Tim (Jayne) Ellis of Saint Joseph, and Todd (Sheila) Ellis, of Kansas City; brother, Morgan "Sonny" (Susan) Jones; 10 grandchildren, Michelle (Daniel) Conard, Melissa (Jimmy) Nash, David (Sarah) Ellis, Andrew (Lindsay) Ellis, Kailey (Devin) Black, Kirk (Emily) Ellis, Kyle (Taylor) Ellis, Kain Ellis, Ashley (Jake) Jones and Josh (Holly) Ellis; eight great-grandchildren, Kyla, Rilyn, Ellis, Malia, Ava, Ellison, Olivia, and Rhett.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at McCarthy Baptist Church, Pastor Jeremiah Bradford officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, at the Rupp Funeral Home.

The Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the Live With A Purpose - Erin Hook Memorial Trust in care of Citizens Bank and Trust, 5305 N. Belt Hwy., St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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