March 18, 1927 - July 1, 2021
Ivola M. Ellis, 94, the second of two girls born on March 18, 1927, to L. Catlin and Edith (Buttz) Wilson died on Thursday, July 1, 2021. She was born in the family home by a mid-wife. Ivola’s big joy in her lifetime was her music. She started playing the violin when she was 8 years old and continued in the orchestra through high school. She was selected two years to sing and play in the Iowa All State Music Festival. She sang in the High School Acapella Choir. After high school graduation in 1944, Ivola traveled with the Nels P. Isaacson All Girl Choir performing throughout the Midwest and at Boys Town. She married Calvin R. Ellis on July 3rd, 1947, and together they had 3 Children. Ivola sang solos for many weddings, funerals, and camping club conventions. One of Ivola’s highlights was singing the U.S. National Anthem as well as the Canadian National Anthem as a soloist to open the International Square Dancers Convention in Ontario, Canada. Ivola and Cal square danced 18 years in the Mexico, Canada, and many of the U.S. states. They wintered in the Rio Grand Valley, Texas for 14 years. Ivola was an active member of Riverview Community Baptist Church from age 3 to its closing in 1992 when she transferred to First Baptist Church of Fort Dodge. She served as Church Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, Bible School Director, Choir Director and belonged to the Women’s group. She cooked for Kids Club once a week and was a past member of the Chancel Choir. At her passing, she was a member of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge where she attended the last few years . Ivola also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, an art she learned from her grandmother at the age of 6. She was able to work as an instructor in two different shops. Ivola worked as general office personnel for various employers through the years; Mid-Bell Music Stores for 15 tears, Joslyn Office Supply for 5 years, March of Dimes for 2 years, Kalin Johnson Monument Company from 1987, and she worked as demo lady since 1987. Ivola volunteered for Foster Grandparents (FGA), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Senior Center Complex in Fort Dodge. Survivors include her two daughters Vicky Ellis-Myhrom of St. Paul, Minnesota and Barbara (David) Warren of Davenport, Iowa; daughter-in-law Sue Ellis of Fort Dodge; five grandchildren Hannah (Steve) Campbell, Daniel Warren, Benjamin (Sophia) Warren, Ashton (Melissa) Ellis, and Jessica Ellis; six great grandchildren Aaron Warren, Leanne and Cheyenne Warren, Ananaki and Nephilim Ellis, and Promise Ellis; her sister LaVanne Vinchattle and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Calvin R. Ellis, her son Terry Ellis and her parents. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial may be made to the First Covenant Church or the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. The family thanks Bill Halverson and his extended family for the last five years of friendship, caring, and including her into their family gatherings. The family also thanks First Covenant Church for providing spiritual food and a place to call home. Services for Ivola M. Ellis will be 11:00 AM on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge with Pastor Allan Redenius officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday and the First Covenant Church. Burial will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge.
Ivola M. Ellis, 94, the second of two girls born on March 18, 1927, to L. Catlin and Edith (Buttz) Wilson died on Thursday, July 1, 2021. She was born in the family home by a mid-wife. Ivola’s big joy in her lifetime was her music. She... View Obituary & Service Information
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