Bette A Ellet
May 24, 1933 – January 10, 2021
Bette Ann (nee Winchester) Ellet, 87, formerly of Caseyville, Illinois, was born May 24th, 1933, in Bangor, Maine, and passed away on Sunday, January 10th, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois. Bette graduated from Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine. She worked at Dow Air Force Base, Bangor, Maine, as a secretary, where she met her future husband, Loyd Dean Ellet. They moved to Caseyville, Illinois, where they married and had 3 children. Bette went back to work at Scott AFB as a secretary until she retired in 1988. After Loyd retired, they spent their winter months in Florida, returning home to play with the grandkids in the warmer months. Bette was a long-time member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and served on their Guild. In Augusts 2018, she broke her shoulder and moved into the Colonnades Assisted Living Center in O’Fallon, Illinois, where she enjoyed making new friends, playing cards, bingo and various other activities. One of her greatest joys was visiting with her kids, grandkids, and great-grands. Even during COVID lockdowns, they would go visit with her while she stood outside on her 2nd floor balcony!
Both Bette and Loyd loved Maine and returned to Brewer to enjoy the lake and visit with relatives every summer. Even after Loyd’s death, Bette continued to go to Maine until COVID hit and she could no longer safely travel.
Bette Ellet was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Loyd Ellet; her parents, Hollis and Helen (nee Sherman) Winchester; two brothers, Edward (Anne) and James (Beverly); a sister, Shirley (Peter) Dooey; and a great-grandchild, BriLynn (parents Derek and Nicole Ellet).
Surviving are her three children; Lowell Ellet of New Memphis, Illinois, Connie (Michael) McCoy of Lebanon, Illinois, and Jody (Debra) Ellet of Freeburg, Illinois; one brother, Philip (Janice) Winchester of East Orland, Maine, and two sisters, Linda (Richard) Merrill of Orrington, Maine, and Deborah (Donald Rowe of Holden, Maine.
Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Lowell’s family (Lowell requested no family information be included.) Connie’s children; Brooke (Jason) Barnett, great-grandchildren Luke, Samuel, and Morgan; Melissa (Vernon) Martin, great-grandchild Cali, step-great-grandchildren Wesley, Madison and Gabriel; Kelly (Michael) Carter, great-grandchildren Madelyn, Isla, and Lillian; and Daniel McCoy and Tiffani Berkel; great-granddog Rufus. Jody’s children; Lara Klees, great-grandchild Austin, and step-great-grandchild, Kyle, and Derek (Nicole) Ellet, great-grandchild Karsten.
Memorials can be made to O’Fallon United Church of Christ. COVID is hard on everyone and we are inviting immediate family only. Both visitation and graveside will be streamed on Facebook Live. And can viewed by going to https://fb.me/e/d7jnZAUcj
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 16th from 11:00am to 12:00 pm at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Graveside Service will follow on Saturday, January 16th, at 12:00 pm at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois, with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Music provided by Tarrah Vaupel at Bette’s request.
Bette A Ellet
January 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Bette's family.
Big smiles and fond memories. Richard/Julia Burgess
Allen Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019
January 15, 2021
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