Roxanne Ellis, 75, Springfield Center

IN MEMORIAM: Roxanne Ellis, Springfield Center

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Roxanne Ellis, who retired here after a teaching career, passed unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2017.

She was born April 13, 1943, Cortland. Growing up in Springfield Center, she loved horseback riding, softball and swimming at Public Landing, where she was also a lifeguard. She enjoyed the Fourth of July parade here all her life.

She married Rick Ellis on Jan. 7, 1967, and they had two children, Sean and Mary.

Roxy was active in the Lioness Club in Dolgeville and enjoyed walking her dogs, swimming, skiing, and ice skating with her children. She participated in the choir at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Little Falls.

Roxanne’s job took her to Syracuse, where she retired. She then volunteered teaching literacy to adults and worked for her brother’s music school.

Roxy moved back to Springfield Center and worked at Country Memories.  She resumed singing in the choir, took up bridge, enjoyed reading, painting, writing, photography and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her siblings, Sue Barrett, Georgia (Tom) Cantwell, Pat Hinds and Richard Ford; her children, Sean (Carol) Ellis of Idaho and Mary (Brian Hinton) of North Carolina, three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Springfield Center. A gathering for all at the fire hall follows immediately after.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.


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