Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory

2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, CO


Mary Jane Ellis

August 4, 1940October 7, 2019

MaryJane Ellis passed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado on 10-7-2019, after a brief medical health decline. She was born in Leadville, Colorado on 8-4-40. Her Father was a miner in Leadville and died when MaryJane was a child. She and her Mother and brother lived in the Rectory, with Father Spehar in Leadville. This enhanced her deep love and devotion in the Catholic Church. MaryJane lived briefly in Hawaii while she was in her mid-twenties and worked for the hotel industry. She moved to Gunnison, Colorado where she attended Western State College, which was made possible by the Betty Spehar family. She earned a Special Education Teaching Degree: her goal and dream. She taught at Blackstocks Elementary School for years in the 1970s and 1980s. She then moved to AppleValley, California and taught Special Education for 25 years. She returned to her beloved Colorado and substitute taught in Gunnison. She was predeceased by her Mother Emma Malavar and brother Frank Malavar, Father Matt Malavar and husband Donald Ellis. Thankfully, MaryJane had a dedicated circle of friends who surrounded her with love and devotion. Devoted Catholic, lover of children and animals, loyal friend. Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gunnison, Colorado on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10AM.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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