Willard Ross Ellis History
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WILLARD ROSS ELLIS
(Brother of Loretta Jane Ellis Tullis Snyder)
I was born 28 August 1910 at Wellington, Carbon County, Utah. The last and the 14th child of David Moroni Ellis and Sophronia Ann Jackson.
We moved to Spring Canyon when I was 7 years old. My parents ran a dairy there. When I was 10 years old we moved to Price, Utah. I went to the public school and went on to Junior High School. This is where I met Lila Bryner.
I worked at various jobs for a couple of years, then I started to work at the coalmines.
Lila and I were married in 1928 and we had one daughter, Glenna Lee. She was born 4 March 1929 at Price, Utah. This marriage didn’t last and we were divorced.
While living in Helper and working at one of the mines, I met Mary Barbara Bruneau. We were married 10 September 1931 at Price, Utah. We had one daughter, Carol, born 4 January 1932 at Price, Utah. This marriage didn’t work out and we were divorced in 1934, at Price, Utah.
While living in Helper I boarded with Ern and Lillian Binks. While the mine wasn’t working in the summer I went to Mapleton, Utah and worked with Ern on his farm. During this time I met Cora Harmer, from a well-known Mapleton family. We were married Thanksgiving Day 23 November 1939 at the home of Elwin and Midge by Bishop W. B. Richards. After a short honeymoon we returned to Mapleton to make our home in the “Old Harmer” home where Cora was born.
I continued to work in the coalmines until 1943. We had a daughter born 21 January 1944. We named her Sharon Dee.
We moved to Richmond, California where I worked as a welder at the Kaiser Ship Yards. Cora and Sharon returned to Mapleton, Utah and I stayed in Richmond for a while.
I was having trouble with my back and I went to a company doctor and he put me in the Permanente Hospital where I had back surgery. The doctor fused several vertebra. Elwin came over to be with me at the hospital. I was mighty glad to have him there.
Midge and Elwin came over from Fort Scott to see me every evening and when they got back to San Francisco they called Cora to let her know how I was getting along. When I was able to travel Elwin and family brought me back to Mapleton in the early part of September 1945. Was I ever glad to be back with my family.
Our first son was born 7 November 1945 and was named Gary Wayne. I started to work for Strong Construction Company in 1947. They weren’t working steady at that time, so I worked for Morris Knudson up Provo Canyon on the steel pipeline. I came back to Strong’s and continued working for them for 27 years.
We had another daughter born on 3 May 1948 and she was named Susan and in the year 1952, on 19 September, our second son was born, he was named Allan Ross.
I became active in the church and was ordained an Elder and was the Elders Secretary for several years. Later on I was ordained to be a High Priest.
On 11 April 1964 at the Manti Temple Cora and I were endowed and sealed and had our children sealed to us. John and Grace, and Elwin and Midge went through the sessions with us. We were happy for their support.
I retired in 1974, and since then I have worked for my son, Gary, who is building homes.
Willard Ross Ellis
(Ross suffered a heart attack and died 11 January 1982 at Mapleton, Utah. He is buried in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.)