S.G. Thibault Funeral Home

250 Penobscot Street, Rumford, ME


Terri Lynn Ellis

December 28, 1967July 1, 2019
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RUMFORD - Terri Lynn Ellis, 51 of Congress Street in Rumford, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, July 1st. A daughter of John and Mary-Lou Ellis (DeFosse), she was born at the Rumford Community Hospital in Rumford, Maine on December 28th, 1967. She was educated in Mexico schools and obtained her GED later on in her life.

Terri was an extremely devoted mother to her two children, Joseph and Jennifer who she took immense pride in and would never hesitate to boast about. She lived for her two Grandchildren Adrian, 6 and Easton, 1 who filled her world with light and purpose.

She enjoyed spending time at home with her two cats, browsing social media for funny cat related content, anything involving sunflowers, being around all of her family & friends, and always being the life of any party.

Terri is survived by her father John Ellis Sr. of Carthage, two children, Joseph Bruns and wife Rachel of Mexico, Daughter Jennifer Ellis and companion James Rezendes of Newport, Brothers John Ellis Jr. and companion Debra Landry of Owls Head, Shon Ellis and companion Lisa Godbois of Carthage, Andrew Ellis and family of Scarborough, sisters Mary-beth Allen and husband Jim of Mexico, Missy Ellis and companion Gary of Peru, Two beloved grandchildren, Adrian Child and Easton Bruns of Mexico, and multiple aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving mother Mary-Lou Ellis (DeFosse), her brother Ricky Alan Ellis; Grandparents Thomas DeFosse and wife Mary of Dixfield, and Minot Flagg and lifelong companion Grace of Carthage.


  • John Ellis Sr., Father
  • Mary-Lou (DeFosse) Ellis, Mother
  • Joseph Bruns & wife Rachel, Son
  • Jennifer Ellis & Companion James Rezendes, Daughter
  • John Ellis, Jr. & Companion Debra Landry, Brother
  • Shon Ellis & Companion Lisa Godbois, Brother
  • Andrew Elllis & Family, Brother
  • Mary-beth Allen & Husband Jim, Sister
  • Missy Ellis & Companion Gary, Sister
  • Adrian Child & Easton Bruns, Two Beloved Grandchilddren
  • Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Great Nephews, Multiple
  • Ricky Alan Ellis, Brother
  • Thomas DeFosse & Wife Mary, Grandparents
  • Minot Flagg & Lifelong Companion Grace, Grandparents


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Terri Lynn Ellis

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Rita Adams

July 11, 2019

Terry, I met you one time! And in that short time you left an everlasting impression. Your outgoing bubbliness made me feel like I was home. I was able to laugh in a kitchen again with a mother - you may be someone else's mother, but you brought a warm smile to my heart and soul that day. You'll always be with your family, you are that kind of energy. May you giggle forever! Much love to Jennifer. And remember Jennifer, she will have a wonderful kitty on her lap! I loved you the day I met you Terry, thank you for making me feel like family for those few hours, it had been a long time since I had felt that way.
My heart to the whole Ellis family, shes always going to be with you all!

Donna Godin-Knowlton

July 8, 2019

I have lifetime of favorite memories growing up with you. You living across the street from me calling me when your water broke for Jennifer, staying all nite up the hospital with Marybeth and being there for you when delivering Jen, you was my friend my harley sistah and Terri I'm going to miss you, I promise never to forget you, you were one of my closest fiends since we were young girls, Terri rest easy with Marylou I love and both see you on the other side my dear friend.

Rachel Bruns

July 8, 2019

You gave me one of the biggest blessings in my life, your son and that’s something I’m eternally grateful for you for. The first time I met you, the first thing you said was, “Where’s my baby?!” You took the role of Grammie from that day forward with such pride and it showed. I may not have had many years with you but I feel so lucky that I was able to see the Terri who became Grammie, let her hair go white, and beamed with pride. I promise to take all the pictures just as you would and always tell them how much their Grammie loved them. Whenever I see a sunflower I’ll be thinking of you. Thank you for loving my babies so much, we love you Grammie Terri ❤️

Mary Duffey

July 7, 2019

You are love and we'll be missed love you R.I.P

Missy Ellis

July 7, 2019

My dear sister , I will miss your smiling face and them big green eyes you have . I envy the thought of you hanging out with mom and our dear grandparents 😊 please keep sending signs that you are still with us ! Blows me away to think we will never see you again, I love you sister until the end of time ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Your little sister Missy 😊

Wanda Mcalister

July 7, 2019

R.I.P Terri

You fly high with the angles 😇😇😇
So gonna miss our random Halloween/Saint Patty's parties.. You were the life of the party!!
Your gonna be missed by so many with the impact you put on peoples lives ,always thinking of others instead of yourself.. Your a trooper girl I'm gonna miss you dearly !!😢

Jennifer Ellis

July 6, 2019

My earliest memory is being in your arms. I didn't know anything else about the world except for the fact that this beautiful, warm, and loving woman holding me close was my whole world and I loved her. As I got older I saw your struggles, learned of your challenges in life, and also learned how amazingly strong you must mave been to overcome them. No matter how hurt you were, you never wanted to see anyone else in pain and would do anything in your power to help the people you loved. You always tried to see the good in someone no matter what, even at your own expense. The arrival of your grandbabies ignited an even stronger love in your heart, one that helped you fight off some of your strongest demons. I am so thankful for you. I am so proud of you. I will always be that little girl who leaned to love from you, and I will always, always, miss you mom. I love you.

Joseph Bruns

July 6, 2019

Well Momma, what a ride. You packed so much life into 51 short years. You’ve been through stuff that would cripple most people. The strength you have carried through it all is unmatched in my eyes. Amazing is always finding a way through the dark and back into the light like you have. I’m so proud of you, we’re all proud of you. The love I have for you is bigger than you could ever imagine. I’ve learned about life through you, the do’s and don’ts and how to love with everything you’ve got. I will see you every time your grandchildren smile, in every sunflower and within my happiest dreams. Thank you for being my Mom and better yet being such a loving Grammie to my children, a title you were most proud of. I love you as big as the sky, and all the way to forever plus a day. Be with us and we’ll be with you. You’ve shed your strength upon us. For you, I promise we will all be just “F.I.N.E.” I love you Mom.
- Love your forever Mommas Boy.

Mary Virgin-Brooks

July 5, 2019

I will never forget when my mom babysat her! She put her down for a nap and the next thing we knew she was out of that crib like a hurricane! We had to chase her down and try again! She loved her grand babies so much and I know they will miss her! Until we meet again my cousin! Love you!

Arthur G Morse III

July 5, 2019

John and family,
So sorry for your loss.
Gerry Morse