Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI


JoAnn Marie Ellis

April 2, 1937March 20, 2020

JoAnn Marie Ellis, age 82 of Grand Blanc, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. She was born on April 2, 1937 in Flint to parents Roy and Cecelia Milliman. JoAnn graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1955. After graduating she went to work for AC Spark Plug and later Baker Shoes in downtown Flint. She married Donald Ellis in June of 1959. After raising her children, JoAnn went back to work for Homedale Elementary and assisted in the office, library, and the lunch room. She enjoyed cooking, being a mother, and going out to lunch with her two sisters. JoAnn was also a very faithful member of St. John Catholic Church of Davison. JoAnn is survived by her children: Matthew Ellis and Dianna (Dean) Bruce; grandchildren: Spencer Ellis, Cameron Ellis, Sydney Bruce, and Lyndsey Bruce; sister, Susie Glynn; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Donald Ellis; siblings: Harold Milliman, Barbara Lince, and Sandra Hamilton. A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Davison. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery. Those desiring may make a memorial contribution to the Old News Boys of Flint in JoAnn’s memory.


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JoAnn Marie Ellis

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Dave Houle

March 21, 2020

Many fun filled times with Matt and a lot of times talking to Matt's mother in her kitchen, through the 4 years of attendingPoweers Catholic High School and many S aturdays in Ann Arbor watching the Michigan Wolverines, got to know Matt s parents . Matt"s mother always had an encouraging wordnd and she always made you feel welcome at the Ellis home. My condolences to Matt and his family. She was a great person and will be missed

Cathy Ellis

March 21, 2020

JoAnn was a loving Wife, Mother, Sister and Grandmother. Her Love Language was gift giving. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries with the perfect card or gift. Christmas was her favorite. She gave thoughtfully and generously. Her secret recipes were always a joy to eat. Now Don can enjoy her cooking again in heaven and she is with all those that have gone before her. May God Bless the Ellis Family. 🙏❤️🙏

John and Beth Reynolds

March 20, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all her family.