Mary Elizabeth Ellis

September 8, 1943May 4, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Ellis, 75, of Clayton, North Carolina passed away on May 4, 2019 at home.

Mary Elizabeth was born in Panama City, Florida on September 8, 1943 to Herbert Wesly and Myrtle Eunice McKinnon. She graduated from Vernon High School in Vernon, Florida in 1961. She married Bobby Ray Ellis on November 10, 1961 in Chipley, Florida.

Mary Elizabeth worked as a computer consultant for the Department of Justice for over 25 years before retiring in 2005.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years; daughters, Lisa Ellis Walton and husband, Willis Grant, of Willow Spring, NC and Donna Lynn Ellis of Clayton, NC; son, Bobby Ray Ellis, Jr.; grandchildren, Samantha Leigh Walton, Joseph Andrew Walton and Tabitha Elizabeth Ellis; mother, Myrtle Diehl of Fayetteville, NC; sister, Betty Sue Fraley-Tuohey of Fayetteville and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.

Mary Elizabeth is preceded in death by her father, Herbert; sister, Barbara Diane Diehl and brother, William Jerome Diehl.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Johnston UNC Healthcare Homecare and Hospice P.O. Box 1376 Smithfield, NC 27577. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff, nurses and caregivers at Johnston UNC.

Graveside funeral services and burial will be held at 2pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 12830 US-70 Bus. Hwy. W. Clayton, NC 27520 with Pastor Scott Johnson of Stones Creek Advent Christian Church in Benson, NC officiating. Arrangements are by McLaurin Funeral Home.


  • Bobby Ray Ellis Sr., Husband
  • Lisa Ellis Walton, Daughter
  • Willis Grant Walton, Son-in-law
  • Donna Lynn Ellis, Daughter
  • Bobby Ray Ellis Jr., Son
  • Samantha Leigh Walton, Granddaughter
  • Joseph Andrew Walton, Grandson
  • Tabitha Elizabeth Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Myrtle Diehl, Mother
  • Betty Sue Fraley-Tuohey, Sister
  • Herbert Wesly McKinnon, Father
  • Barbara Diane Diehl, Sister
  • William Jerome Diehl, Brother
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis also leaves numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.


  • Graveside Service Monday, May 6, 2019


Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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Carolyn (Crocker) Davis

May 13, 2019

Donna, Your mom was a beautiful woman and you look like her! May your memories help to sustain you and your family during this difficult time.

Randy and Cindy Smith

May 6, 2019

Lisa, so sorry to hear about you Mom. We are praying for you and your family during this most difficult time. May God Bless and keep you and give you peace knowing she is with Jesus and that you will one day see her again.

Beverly Bain

May 6, 2019

Lisa and family...So very sorry to hear about Mary...We shared many lunches and conversations during the time we worked together. I always found her to be a humble, sweet and hard working lady.. We are praying for you and your family...God Bless..Curtis and Beverly Bain