Ellen Channel

June 5, 1952March 23, 2018
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Ellen Channel passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 23rd, 2018. Ellen was 65 years young. Ellen bravely fought cancer since August 2015 all while never loosing her faith. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Bobby Channel, her daughter Debbie Burchett, son in law Darren Burchett, two grandsons Garrett and Logan Burchett, two sisters, a brother, as well as many other family members and dear friends.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 5-8pm at JE Foust and Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10am in the chapel with burial to follow in the Graham Argyle Cemetery.


  • Bobby Channel, Husband
  • Debbie Burchett, Daughter
  • Darren Burchett, Son-in-law
  • Garrett Burchett, Grandson
  • Logan Burchett, Grandson
  • Ellen also leaves behind two sisters, a brother, as well as many other family members and dear friends to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Elvira Brolley

March 29, 2018

My three sons all attended Johnson Elementary. They had the privilege and honor to meet the kindest lady- Ms Ellen. My oldest, 24, was always talking about Ms Ellen. We last saw Ms Ellen at Tom Thumb in January. The love and hug that was exchanged between Ryan and Ms Ellen is something I will never forget.

Shelly Welson

March 29, 2018

I met Ellen through our mutual friend, Christi Leatherman. We were both fighting cancer and Christi knew we should meet. I only knew Ellen for a couple of years but she was and still is a huge inspiration to me. Her strong faith and fighting spirit while fighting cancer was so wonderful. Whenever I feel down or discouraged I think of Ellen and her beautiful smile, The service today was so beautiful. I have some frozen figs Ellen gave me the last time I saw her. I will think of her while I try and make fig jam that will never be as good as hers. My love and heart goes out to Bobby, Debbie and the entire family.

Sherry Speights

March 29, 2018

50 years goes by quick. Wonderful, careing!
An inspiration!
You was 1 of a kind!
Heaven was waiting on you.
Now you wait on us.
See you then.
Prayers to your Blessed Family.

Karin Vallo

March 27, 2018

We met at The Way Coffee in Red River and exchanged jams. Ms. Ellen was an inspiration to me. Her faith and courage was so amazing. She fought cancer with all she had. The same week she started hospice was the week I graduated from the UNM Cancer Center after 14 years. God must have more for me to do here on earth!
God is holding Ms Ellen in His arms and she is free of pain now. Her last post was of the cardinal and I will miss her fb posts. Debbie, we also met last summer and my prayers are for comfort for your family and your dad.
Meanwhile, I watered the little fig tree Ellen brought for me to New Mexico so lovingly and I will always have a reminder of Ellen here in my garden. Hugs to all the family.
Karin Vallo

Rebecca Sewell

March 27, 2018

My prayers and thoughts will be with your family this week as you experience the pain of losing a loved one and also celebrating her entry into Heaven to be with her Lord.
I taught at Johnson Elementary School which is where I came to know her. Ellen was a hard and enthusiastic worker and loved others. I counted it a privilege she chose me as a friend.
In His Love,
Becky Sewell

Linda Harwell

March 26, 2018

On behalf of Timmy Hawkins and family we want you to know we share in your loss and we are so sad at the passing of sweet Ellen! May god hold all you close during this hard time of grief!

Angie Lobue

March 26, 2018

I met Ellen at Johnson Elementary. She immediately made me feel welcome. She was always kind, encouraging, and kept a constant smile on her face. Everyone always felt special when in Ellen’s presence. You fought a great fight, Ellen! You will be dearly missed.

James Redd

March 26, 2018

Ellen Marie Redd Channel my beautiful cousin may have lost a battle but she did not lose the fight. I know she is enjoying her heavenly body ,out of pain,, and in her beautiful surroundings looking down and touching the hearts she has left behind trying to soothe and comfort them as is heavenly possible . Growing up as kids we were close, playing and just being kids. As teens she went through trials and tribulations but I never heard her complain. One of my favorite memories is Bobby Channel that became her partner in life. Debbie was her other great moment in time she was blessed with a baby girl. Ellen and Bobbies proudest moments. She loved her grandsons, they were blessings. Yes my cousin Ellen was the best. A good heart and a blessed soul. We will have a void in our hearts and will miss you deeply. I will smile though every now and then just knowing you beat Satan. May the Lord be with Bobby Debbie and grandsons healing and blessings all the rest of their days. I'm going to miss you, always Jamey

Cindy James

March 26, 2018

A beautiful, sweet soul that has gone home on the wings of Angels. You will be missed, Ellen.

Lee Curie

March 26, 2018

I met sweet Ellen when I worked at Walgreens. We hit it off immediately when she saw the Lynyrd Skynyrd top I had on! LOL She shared how she had partied with them after a concert when she was younger. Then one Sunday she showed up at my church, not knowing I went there. You see, Jesus had changed us both. Ellen inspired a lot of people because a person could see Christ in her in all she was. May God bless all the family in the months and years to come. I will miss Ellen, her love and all her Facebook post. 🙏🌹❤️