October 20, 1921 - April 28, 2021
Fern Elizabeth Shill Ellsworth passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021 for a joyous return to Heavenly Father at the age of 99. For nearly a century, Fernie greeted all with a smile. She loved and cared for her family, her friends, and strangers - always finding room for another chair at the table or an extra bed to share for someone in need. Born on October 20, 1921 in Mesa, Arizona, to Otto and Margueritte Shill she came with a deep reverance and personal responsibility for nature and animals - a belief that truly became the foundation of her legacy of love. She had a never ending collection of plants and flowers and fruit trees, and we have imagined that her sweet spirit was lifted and guided to heaven by the thousands of grateful birds she fed from her infamous bowl of mealworms, nursed back to health with the utmost patience, or merely admired while the birds eagerly awaited her arrival while perched along her long driveway. Throughout the years, she included many of these thankful birds, multiple cats, countless dogs that never wanted for scraps, chickens that wandered the kitchen, and even talking parrots in her menagerie. This charity towards animals was supported by her ever-patient husband, Grant Ronald Ellsworth. Before the existence and entrance of all the animals or their six children, 23 grandchildren, and 54 great grandchildren, they met in high school where Fernie played the viola and the trumpet. She also attended Tempe Normal teacher’s college and loved teaching second grade. Fern and Grant were married on February 16, 1948 in the Manti Temple and shared a wonderful 66 years of marriage here on Earth. Fernie was a woman of deep faith and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At church, she was a dedicated primary, sunday school, and Relief Society teacher and was spiritually blessed with a testimony of faith of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fern is preceded in death by her parents, all but one of her siblings, her husband, and her sweet son, grandson, and a darling grand-daughter. She is survived and celebrated by her children: Rene (Dwight) Allen, Mark Ellsworth, Michele (David) Broadbent, Stacy (Steve) Shaha, LynAnn Ellsworth, and David (Marcia) Ellsworth, and enough animals to fill the ark itself. Please Join us in remembering Fern on 10 May, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:00am at the Lehi Stake Center: 1430 N Grand Mesa, AZ 85201.
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